After a strong finish with his AAU basketball team, Nebraska Supreme, at the Under Armour Association’s finals in Indianapolis last week, Sam Hastreiter’s phone started blowing up with phone calls and texts.
On the other line? College coaches.
They wanted to chat with Lincoln Pius X’s 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior-to-be who can guard multiple positions and showed an ability to stretch defenses with his 3-point shot.
Nebraska Supreme 17UAA over Fundamental U, 61-39.
— NebraskaSupreme (@NebraskaSupreme) July 23, 2021
Following the finals in Indianapolis, Hastreiter was extended offers from three Summit League members, including Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
“Honestly, it was all unexpected,” Hastreiter said of the offers. “I just didn’t know what was going to happen because we had just got done playing and were in the car coming back. Then North Dakota State called first. It was just awesome.”
Nebraska Supreme ended the finals with a 4-1 record and won the consolation side of the bracket. After a couple of games where he knew he could’ve made a bigger impact, Hastreiter made a change.
“I wasn’t playing bad, but I wasn’t really doing much,” he said. “But those last games, I thought “These are the last AAU games ever, all these summer tournaments and this is the last one,” and so I just tried to leave it all out on the court and play as aggressive and as hard as I could.”
Playing in front of college coaches can be nerve wracking at times, Hastreiter said. That goes away pretty quickly when the action starts, however.
“When you start playing you just kind of zone everything out,” he said. “It’s just like when there’s a crowd and you never really hear anything from them. You’re just zoned in on the game and nothing else.”
Hastreiter plans on attending a camp at South Dakota on Aug. 14. He also has a visit lined up with South Dakota State in late August-early September and an official visit to North Dakota State in September.
“All the schools that have offered me, I really like what they do and I really like their staffs and players,” Hastreiter said. “But honestly it’s going to come down to where I think I fit best, with the style of basketball, the dudes there and just everything.”