Defending a Division I state title in Wisconsin is no easy task. However, junior (2021) point guard, Ben Nau, is going to try to help lead his Brookfield Central H.S. team to doing just that this season. He will have a little help with some other talented prospects by his side, but will also be doing it this year without the leadership of his older brother, Cole. While it will be different playing without him this season, Ben Nau certainly seems ready to push forward and show everyone why he is being recruited by some top notch schools currently.

At 6’2” and starting to fill out a bit more, Nau has the frame, skills, and determination/effort to perform highly and is being coveted by several schools because of it. He can shoot the ball from just about anywhere on the court, is good with the ball in his hands and is excellent with his vision, routinely finding the open teammate and putting them in god scoring positions. Defensively, while he continues to add strength, he makes up for it all with all out energy and effort, as well as good anticipation and quickness to the ball and passing lanes. He does excellent with his IQ to diagnose plays and read trap or ‘jump’ opportunities, and gets his hands on deflections or steals often. When talking either the junior standout point guard about his strengths, he mentioned shooting but was very adamant about taking pride in his defense saying “I try to be the best defender on the court always and take pride in guarding the best player on the floor always.”

While he continues sharpening his strengths, he knows there is still good work to do to improve overall. “Over the offseason I have been working on my ball handling the most as well as making the right play at the right time.”

With his quality of play, the experience he has gained competing at a tough high school and competing against some of the best prep players in the country playing up a level with the Phenom University AAU program, as well as his attitude on and off the court, Nau is picking up offers and interest from many colleges. DePaul, UWM, Indiana State, Green Bay, and Miami (OH) have already offered scholarships to the young floor general. Also showing interest are Southern Illinois (SIU), Boise State, Wisconsin, Butler, Wright State, Drake, Appalachian state, Nebraska and Loyola-Chicago, as well as Marquette.

Nau has had the advantage also of getting to see his brother go through the recruiting process and with that has felt privileged to be able to learn and grow with the experience he gained from it. Speaking of his brother, Ben commented:  “From him I was able to see all the things that help him succeed in basketball as well as life. And then I was able to learn all the little things such as the work ethic you truly need if you want to become the best you can be. I am very blessed for him, and lucky that he helped me learn this early in my life as well as learn from all his other experiences.” 

He'll take those lessons and that work ethic into this season trying to lead the Lancers to back-to-back state championships, and then will likely have a bigger role next summer as a leader and contributor for another talented Phenom University squad in the spring and summer.

Nau recently was able to attend Marquette Madness for an unofficial visit and will also be taking unofficial visits to Miami (OH) this weekend – October 19 – and then to SIU on November 2.