Nate VanderSluis

Nate VanderSluis

Player Profile

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Oak Harbor, OH

High School:
Oak Harbor HS

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 295

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
10/16/1982

General: Finished his career ranked 10th on Miami's career blocked shot list with 41.

2005-06: Had the most productive season of his career, making 28 starts, the second-most of any RedHawk for the season ... led Miami with 27 blocked shots, accounting for nearly 35 percent of the team's total ... ranked among MAC leaders in blocked shots, tying for sixth in conference-only games (1.0 bpg) and ranking sixth for all games (0.96 bpg) ... twice swatted away a career-high four blocked shots (Jan. 14 at Ball State and Jan. 24 vs. Kent State) ... recorded at least one blocked shot in 19 games, including seven games with multiple blocked shots ... third on the team in rebounding, amassing 110 rebounds ... recorded first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Xavier on Dec. 11 ... of players who saw significant action during the season, ranked second in field goal percentage (.571) and also knocked down 55.4 percent of his treys (6-of-11) and 75.0 percent of his free throws (18-of-24) ... scored a career-high 17 points against Eastern Michigan (Jan. 7) and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime ... scored in double figures in four games over an eight-game stretch ... shot .500 or better from the field in 16 games, including a superb 6-for-8 effort (.750) against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 7 ... played a career-high 29 minutes in a 58-49 win against Toledo on Jan. 18 ... for the season, averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.9 rpg, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from 3-point range and 75.0 from the free-throw line ... named Miami's Marshall North Award recipient, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies the virtue of loyalty--to the University, team and coaches--and whose personal sacrifice of time, effort and energy contribute materially to the advancement of the record of the team.

2004-05: Played in 25 of Miami's 27 regular-season games, both MAC Tournament outings and in the Postseason NIT game ... scored in 16 games, including a season-high eight points versus Wichita State ... hauled in a career-high six rebounds in Miami's Feb. 5 win against Buffalo ... five of the six rebounds came off the offensive glass ... pulled down four or more rebounds in six games ... went 3-for-3 from the field to score six points in 18 minutes of action in Miami's NIT game against TCU ... also pulled down three boards, all off the defensive glass, against the Horned Frogs ... collected a career-high two steals versus Liberty ... notched two blocked shots versus Ohio on Jan. 22 ... ranked third on the team with 11 blocked shots ... named the team's Holdie Wilson Spirit Award winner for demonstrating an unconditionally positive spirit.

2003-04: Made first career start in Jan. 10 win over Akron ... started two games, playing in 17 of Miami's 29 games ... other start was at Ball State on Feb. 16 ... earned the team's Marshall North Award, which recognizes loyalty to the program ... notched a season-high three rebounds in six minutes of action against Bowling Green ... added a season-best five points against the Falcons, knocking down his first career 3-pointer ... swatted a career-high two blocked shots at Buffalo on Jan. 7 ... went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line, hitting 80.0 percent of his charity tosses ... went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line against Cincinnati and Bowling Green ... played season-highs of 10 minutes against IPFW at the Boilermaker Invitational and at Buffalo (Jan. 7).

2002-03: Played in 14 of 21 games since making his first appearance in a RedHawk uniform on Dec. 14 versus Butler ... scored four points and collected two rebounds in his career debut against the Bulldogs ... tallied a season-high nine points versus Northern Illinois (Feb. 25) in a pivotal game for the RedHawks, which eventually ended up leading to the No. 3 seed in the FirstEnergy MAC Tournament ... pulled down a season-high four rebounds the following game at Bowling Green (Mar. 1) ... posted three career-highs against Akron on Jan. 20, logging 18 minutes and posting one assist and one steal ... swatted first career block against Ohio in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Quarterfinal ... shot 70.0 percent from the field (7-for-10) in MAC play ... recipient of the team's Jamie Mercurio Award, which is given to the player who shows great courage through adversity throughout the season.

2001-02: Redshirt.

High School: A two-time honorable mention all-Ohio selection ... named District 7 Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Sandusky Bay Conference as a senior ... also named Player of the Year by the Suburban Press newspaper ... tabbed first-team all-conference and all-district junior and senior seasons ... participated in the North/South All-Star Game and Ohio/Indiana All-Star Game ... helped Oak Harbor to a Sandusky Bay Conference title as a senior averaging 19.9 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 blocks per game ... the Rockets also captured an SBC crown his junior season ... over his final three seasons, Oak Harbor amassed a 49-11 record for a .817 winning percentage ... posted an 18-2 mark his sophomore season, a 14-6 record as a junior and a 17-3 mark as a senior ... ranked among the nation's top 300 seniors by cnnsi.com ... a four-year letterwinner in basketball, captaining the team his senior campaign ... also a two-year letterwinner in football ... earned one letter in track and field ... a member of National Honor Society ... earned the school's Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award ... graduated from Oak Harbor with high honors ... coached by Doug Oates.

Personal: Son of Diane and Barry Heckerd ... brother, Brandon, played football at Tiffin University ... majoring in middle childhood education.