I understand that Montana head basketball coach Wayne tinkle and assistant Freddie Owens were in Onalaska Wisconsin recently to scout junior Nick Arenz of Onalaska high school. Arenz is a 6-8 forward/center who is projected as a Combo forward in college.
Arenz has started for Onalaska since his freshman year, where he averaged 11 points a game. Last season he averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds, and was named All-Tribune first-team player and AP All-State honorable mention selection.
Since last year he has grown two inches and could have a little more height in him. He still need to fill out his frame but is still a solid low post player, and can also shoot the three ball. This summer he had a medical scare with a collapse lung and some related issues with toxic shock. He is doing much better now and should be 100 % by the time the season starts.
Here are some evaluations:
Mark Miller of Wissports.net
Extremely skilled forward who can make perimeter shots and find teammates. An outstanding passer out of the high post and from the low block.
Antonio Curro ofNY2LASPORTS.com
Nick Arenz – Onalaska – 6-7 – F/C
A skilled interior talent with the ability to knock down the mid range jumper and stroke the trey ball as well. Has solid instincts and a skill package that’s advanced for most bigs. Can finish around the basket and is a decent rebounding talent as well. Nice size and length so solid physical tools to work with in that regard. Lower half needs a lot of work both laterally and vertically to reach his potential. Is more skilled at this point than almost all of the bigs in the class but his athleticism, speed, quickness, and explosion are all areas that need to significantly improve in the coming years to compete against the elite better athletes regionally and nationally.
Summer – 2010
Nick Arenz – Onalaska
A skilled forward, Arenz has been a huge factor in the success for Onalaska (18-4) this season. He can step away from the basket, score in the paint, and presents matchup problems for opposing teams. Averaging a little over 13 PPG heading into the tournament, Arenz is one of the most promising 2012 prospects in the state and a strong effort from him over the next couple weeks could land Onalaska in Madison with sights on the Division 2 prize
Arenz is considered to one of the top 5 prospects in Wisconson for 2012, is a great student and a great combination of skills and size. He currently holds offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Lafayette, Milwaukee, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Additionally he is getting interest from Northern Iowa, Stanford, Army, Creighton, Montana, Butler, and Wisconsin