Arizona's 2015 class of prospects is a group of student-athletes that has some talented prospects, but looks nothing like the deeply loaded 2014 class that precedes it. While it is not a really deep class of division-I prospects for college programs to take a hard look at this summer, there were, however, a few prospects that played very well for themselves this spring. As a result, some prospects have really helped themselves heading into the July evaluation period.
One of these prospects is Tucson's Sahuaro High School's athletic 6-foot-6 rising senior forward Nate Renfro. As a member of a talented group with the Arizona Power 17U Black, Renfro has risen to the top of Arizona's 2015 class as one of the elite overall prospects in the group. Renfro's emergence this spring as a top-rated prospect in the class will suit him nicely this summer, as many college programs have began to show serious interest in the long and rangy performer.
Renfro really gets a large majority of his points around the basket due to how versatile he is. He also possesses a good overall motor. Renfro runs the floor very well for someone his size and is always in the right place at the right time to get points around the basket off of a put-back, or from his point guard finding him in transition. When Renfro has the ball in a half-court set, he scores by using his long strides to initially beat his defender and finish well over, or around them once he is in the paint - a nice attribute for him. His length and athleticism are glaring and make him an attractive prospects for many college programs.
Renfro's jumper is solid and can extend out to the 3-point line, where he is capable of being effective at a good rate. As a he continues to become much more consistent from deep range, he will really take his game to another level. Renfro is an active rebounder and shot blocker, altering many shots that come his way due to his length on the defensive end.
Renfro is a nice looking small forward prospect, although he sees his time for Sahuaro HS as a post player, due to his length and ability to score around the basket. He will have his best success as a 3 in the college ranks - depending on the level his decides on for college. A definite mid-major plus prospect that could see some high-major college recruitment this summer. The best attribute of Renfro is that he has glaring upside and will see his best years of basketball well ahead of him.
Renfro currently holds offers from Cal Poly, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University. He is also receiving interest from Harvard due to his high academic abilities. Many other division-I programs are now pursuing Renfro, and his list of college offers could grow a great deal this July.
I will be keeping a close eye on Renfro this summer, as he continues to develop as a player and as a college prospect. I will bring you recruiting updates on Renfro this summer as they continue to develop.