Untitled Document
American Army Bucknell Colgate Holy Cross Lafayette Lehigh Navy



Username Post: Nate Sestina        (Topic#21564)
Doktore K 
Senior
Posts: 396

Reg: 11-11-09
05-21-18 06:03 AM - Post#257069    

I attended our son's Bucknell graduation yesterday on the quad and saw Nate Sestina in a full walking boot up to his hip.

Does anyone know if Nate had surgery of some type?

He had no crutches and was putting full weight on his left leg so just curious on his status. He is one of my favorite players!

In other news.....

Jim Cramer of "Mad Money" (CNBC) fame was the commencement speaker and he gave an outstanding speech that detailed his career in which he started as a journalist covering homicides and political corruption.

Early in his speech, he raised a fat folder of 42 rejection letters from newspapers around the country. He was editor of The Crimson while at Harvard and got no job offers whatsoever. One of his messages to the BU graduates and families: "It's OK to fail, but it's never OK to quit!"

Really enjoyed his talk and while searching for our just-graduated son after the 3 hour ceremony on the quad, Cramer strolled past me near Vaughn Lit and I shook his hand. His wife is on the Board of Trustees and his step-daughter is one of the new graduates.


 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-21-18 06:32 AM - Post#257070    
    In response to Doktore K

Nate had minor knee surgery to remove an extra knee cap he was born with that was starting to bother him. Surgery went well & he will be good to go 100% for the teams August trip to Europe. It was a surgery he had planned during the season to undergo soon after it ended.

 
Doktore K 
Senior
Posts: 396

Reg: 11-11-09
05-21-18 06:52 AM - Post#257072    
    In response to BisonFan4

Glad to hear this news. He was moving around pretty well with the walking brace.

I'm sure he will be working out hard in the coming weeks!


 
HuskyColonial 
PhD Student
Posts: 1364

Age: 45
Reg: 02-17-12
Nate Sestina
05-21-18 08:27 AM - Post#257073    
    In response to Doktore K

I look for Nate to have a breakout year

Edited by HuskyColonial on 05-21-18 08:27 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
05-21-18 10:51 AM - Post#257077    
    In response to HuskyColonial

Does anybody know if Nate plans to play a 5th year, or is it too early to discuss this?
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
Bison137 
Professor
Posts: 13793
Bison137
Reg: 01-23-06
05-21-18 12:24 PM - Post#257079    
    In response to Bison89

I have no idea - but it's not too early. Unless they opt to hold a scholarship until the spring, they will need to give his to someone by October. Unfortunately the Bucknell administration has become increasingly uncooperative about athletes returning for a 5th year if they miss a year due to injury. Bucknell is by far the most uncooperative of any Patriot League school.




 
Bison137 
Professor
Posts: 13793
Bison137
Reg: 01-23-06
05-21-18 12:49 PM - Post#257080    
    In response to Bison137


Sestina on twitter today:

"20 days out from surgery and was able to hop on the bike at PT today and ride for 10 minutes. Overwhelmed with happiness"

https://twitter.com/NateSestina23/status/ 998609015...




 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-21-18 01:28 PM - Post#257082    
    In response to Bison137

He's waiting to make that decision closer to whatever deadline he has to do so, but believe he's thinking it will be his final yr.

& I agree, I think this will be his breakout yr. We'll see the player everyone has hoped he would become & then some. I'm expecting a POY type performance from him in '18-'19.

 
jkrun80 
Postdoc
Posts: 2606

Age: 60
Reg: 05-07-12
05-21-18 08:09 PM - Post#257084    
    In response to BisonFan4

My only concern is his propensity to pick up fouls. He was 2nd to Avi in fouls per minute with 71 in 508 minutes. Not quite as bad as DJ, but still a concern. Nana had only 92 in 1001 minutes by contrast.

 
MrPhillie 
Postdoc
Posts: 2073
MrPhillie
Loc: NE PA
Reg: 07-14-08
05-21-18 08:55 PM - Post#257086    
    In response to jkrun80

I recall during an interview this season that Nate pretty much decided that if he has an opportunity to play pro ball somewhere after he graduates then that is what he will do. If I were betting, I’d say this will be his final year at Bucknell.

 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
05-22-18 09:10 AM - Post#257087    
    In response to MrPhillie

If true, I can completely understand Nate's desire to play pro ball instead of staying for a 5th year. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lewisburg, I was ready to break out of the Bucknell Bubble after 4 years.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
atlantabison 
PhD Student
Posts: 1802

Loc: Atlanta, GA
Reg: 01-25-06
05-22-18 05:41 PM - Post#257113    
    In response to Bison89

He also has the opportunity to graduate and do his fifth year at a power 5 school with a chance to see how he would fare at that level. Then pro is still an option.
Ray Bucknell!


 
bisonmania 
Masters Student
Posts: 770

Reg: 10-26-07
05-22-18 07:31 PM - Post#257117    
    In response to atlantabison

Atlanta bison I think you may be correct.

 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-23-18 01:34 AM - Post#257119    
    In response to bisonmania

Interesting point, I don't think he's thought of that option, at least it's never been brought up when talking about possible plans for after next season.

 
res 
Masters Student
Posts: 705

Reg: 03-21-06
05-23-18 07:34 AM - Post#257120    
    In response to BisonFan4

I'd be surprised if he hasn't thought of it, at least as a theoretically possible option. As it stands now, I'm not sure how much interest he would garner. And if he's not going to see the floor much at a high major, I wouldn't think he'd have a lot of interest, particularly if going pro is a viable option.

My guess is if he has the breakout year we hope for, another year in college will be on the table.


 
DoCtoR62 
Senior
Posts: 373

Reg: 05-18-08
05-23-18 10:42 AM - Post#257122    
    In response to res

He would garner quite a bit of interest, IMO. At the very minimum, the Atlantic 10 and perhaps higher. He is better than a few NEC transfers who have ended up at Kansas State and Nevada in recent years.

St. Bonaventure is 50 miles from his hometown and might be an attractive option for him and his family.

 
JPM 
Masters Student
Posts: 414
JPM
Reg: 05-20-08
05-23-18 01:14 PM - Post#257124    
    In response to DoCtoR62

Sestina could definitely play in the A-10.

 
Doktore K 
Senior
Posts: 396

Reg: 11-11-09
05-23-18 03:13 PM - Post#257125    
    In response to JPM

Nate already has the "Euro-cut" style going for him but instead of potentially going pro over in Europe, I hope he decides to play a 5th year for the Bison!

Not sure what his major is but some type of graduate program at BU would be attractive. And where can you find better Thursday night Karaoke but the Towne Tavern??

But for now, focusing on this year, let's hope for "Big Country" to have a break-out year and for Walter Ellis to add some scoring from the outside. I am also predicting a surprising, bounce back year from Matt O'Reilly.


 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
Nate Sestina
05-23-18 03:20 PM - Post#257126    
    In response to Doktore K

  • Doktore K Said:
I am also predicting a surprising, bounce back year from Matt O'Reilly.



That is a bold prediction. I don't see it happening, but I would love to be wrong!
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-23-18 07:18 PM - Post#257127    
    In response to Bison89

I too am hoping for O'Reilly to have a strong yr. I have a strong feeling this team is going to exceed many people's expectations.

 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
05-23-18 07:50 PM - Post#257129    
    In response to BisonFan4

  • BisonFan4 Said:
I have a strong feeling this team is going to exceed many people's expectations.



I am not sure where the points are going to come from, but I think that they are talented enough to win the PL regular season. From there, who knows what will happen.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-23-18 09:09 PM - Post#257130    
    In response to Bison89

Sestina & Kimball will provide the bulk of it I'm sure. I'm predicting we will have 2 more added to the 1000pt club this year.

 
atlantabison 
PhD Student
Posts: 1802

Loc: Atlanta, GA
Reg: 01-25-06
05-24-18 08:01 AM - Post#257135    
    In response to BisonFan4

Sestina's currently at 385 that would mean he would have to average 20.5 points over 30 games next year, while I expect a very good season for him that would be quite a stretch.
Ray Bucknell!


 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
05-24-18 11:11 AM - Post#257142    
    In response to atlantabison

Yes that is correct, but they play 31 games during the season plus at very least 1 postseason game with the conference tourney, giving them a minimum of 32 games. I expect them to at least make the championship which would give them 34 on the year. 18-19 ppg is hardly a stretch for Sestina.

 
Bison137 
Professor
Posts: 13793
Bison137
Reg: 01-23-06
07-04-18 11:34 AM - Post#258464    
    In response to Bison137

  • BisonFan4 Said:
Nate had minor knee surgery to remove an extra knee cap he was born with that was starting to bother him. Surgery went well & he will be good to go 100% for the teams August trip to Europe. It was a surgery he had planned during the season to undergo soon after it ended.




  • Bison137 Said:

Sestina on twitter today:

"20 days out from surgery and was able to hop on the bike at PT today and ride for 10 minutes. Overwhelmed with happiness"

https://twitter.com/NateSestina23/status/ 998609015...




Newer tweets from Nate:


6/2 - "1 month out of surgery and we’re already walking and at 134 degrees ROM. Besides basketball, comeback season is my favorite"

6/27 - "Ya boy got cleared to shoot jumpers today. "

7/4 - "Yesterday I got the green light to start jogging!!"




 
Bison137 
Professor
Posts: 13793
Bison137
Reg: 01-23-06
08-23-18 08:56 AM - Post#260632    
    In response to Bison137

Officially cleared for basketball activities today.

https://twitter.com/NateSestina23/status/ 103261119...




 
KenZ 
Postdoc
Posts: 2686
KenZ
Reg: 01-23-06
Nate Sestina
08-23-18 09:09 AM - Post#260633    
    In response to Bison137

great news. anyone heard any updates on O'Reilly or Meeks?

 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
10-14-18 01:39 PM - Post#262545    
    In response to KenZ

Here's a nice article on Nate & his journey so far.

http://d9sports.com/from-d9-to-d1-nate-se stina-cam...

He's such a humble young man & never misses an opportunity to acknowledge and thank his family for their support & the sacrifices they made to help him accomplish his goals!


 
river rat 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Reg: 12-01-06
01-19-19 05:14 PM - Post#273071    
    In response to BisonFan4

So is there any update on whether Nate Sestina will come back to Bucknell for a 5th year?

If not, he definitely get some interest as a 5th year player at a mid-major, possibly even a big 5 school needing to shore up front court depth.

On a related topic, the new permissive redshirt rules might put the Patriot league in a strange position of having many players graduate with a 5th year of eligibility left but having to go to a new school for that 5th year.

I assume the PL does not allow it's member schools to accept 5th year players transfers?



 
Bison137 
Professor
Posts: 13793
Bison137
Reg: 01-23-06
Nate Sestina
01-19-19 05:28 PM - Post#273075    
    In response to river rat

  • river rat Said:
So is there any update on whether Nate Sestina will come back to Bucknell for a 5th year?

If not, he definitely get some interest as a 5th year player at a mid-major, possibly even a big 5 school needing to shore up front court depth.

On a related topic, the new permissive redshirt rules might put the Patriot league in a strange position of having many players graduate with a 5th year of eligibility left but having to go to a new school for that 5th year.

I assume the PL does not allow it's member schools to accept 5th year players transfers?






1. Sestina theoretically cannot return because there is no scholarship available for next year. If he had considered coming back, I assume they would have held one back for him. With the Bucknell administration being very unhelpful when it comes to injury redshirts, I am not sure he could have come back.

2. There will be many chances for him in P5 conferences. Many of these schools have a scholarship open up in the spring and would be thrilled to get a player of his ability. Transfers from Lehigh and Lafayette, for example, have ended up at Georgia Tech and Pitt in recent years as scholarship players. Neither was nearly as good as Sestina.

3. I don't think there will be many cases where you will see 5th year transfers in the PL. Except for Bucknell, the other schools welcome their own 5th year players back with open arms - either as grad students or by picking up a second major.

4. Yes, the Patriot League does not allow graduate transfers in normal cases.




 
BisonFan4 
Sophomore
Posts: 167

Age: 40
Reg: 12-30-16
01-19-19 07:36 PM - Post#273113    
    In response to Bison137

He's kind of waiting to see what happens thru the season & go from there.

 
BisonRoadWarrior 
Postdoc
Posts: 4555
BisonRoadWarrior
Loc: Where the Bison Roam
Reg: 08-16-06
02-13-19 05:35 PM - Post#276275    
    In response to BisonFan4

In a halftime interview a couple games ago, Sestina elaborated on his plans and said (if I heard it right) that he'll either be pursuing a grad year elsewhere or playing overseas.

He spoke of the desire to graduate and move on at the same time as his classmates/teammates, and also noted that most people can't fully appreciate what a demanding grind it is to be a Division I athlete, and not just during the actual season.

On that latter point, he also talked about how he'd had conversations with Bison now playing abroad, who spoke highly of the ability to have some true down time when they aren't playing, practicing or working out.

I would have loved to have him on the team for another year, but I respect his decision and his pursuit of happiness. That said, it will be less bittersweet if he's doing well in Europe as opposed to seeing him rack up points and boards in a different college uniform!


 
MrPhillie 
Postdoc
Posts: 2073
MrPhillie
Loc: NE PA
Reg: 07-14-08
02-13-19 06:58 PM - Post#276289    
    In response to BisonRoadWarrior

From what 137 and others have said, it is almost a zero percent chance Bucknell will allow a 5th year anyway, so Nate’s choices are to immediately play in Europe of work toward a Master’s degree and play a 5th year elsewhere. If it were me, I’d probably lean toward a 5h year as paid education is hard to turn down. But I wish Nate the best whatever route he chooses. He’s a talented player and seems like a good person. A 5th year could help him improve in areas such a defense and awareness. But I understand his desire to play professionally if possible.

 
BisonRoadWarrior 
Postdoc
Posts: 4555
BisonRoadWarrior
Loc: Where the Bison Roam
Reg: 08-16-06
02-13-19 08:51 PM - Post#276295    
    In response to MrPhillie

  • MrPhillie Said:
From what 137 and others have said, it is almost a zero percent chance Bucknell will allow a 5th year anyway

Good point.


 
raymondbucknell 
Junior
Posts: 290

Reg: 02-05-07
02-13-19 11:10 PM - Post#276323    
    In response to BisonRoadWarrior

If I were Nate I’d go to Europe and have an adventure. But he’s got great choices.

 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
02-14-19 07:06 AM - Post#276331    
    In response to raymondbucknell

  • raymondbucknell Said:
If I were Nate I’d go to Europe and have an adventure. But he’s got great choices.



I'd get a free Master's degree and play a little hoops for 1 year. Then, I'd have an adventure for 5+ years in Europe.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
BreakinBison 
Sophomore
Posts: 122

Reg: 01-23-06
02-14-19 01:05 PM - Post#276363    
    In response to Bison89

Penn State?

 
Bison89 
Postdoc
Posts: 4739
Bison89
Loc: Philadelphia
Reg: 11-14-07
02-14-19 01:23 PM - Post#276366    
    In response to BreakinBison

  • BreakinBison Said:
Penn State?



I wonder if Nova has a scholarship available.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!


 
JPM 
Masters Student
Posts: 414
JPM
Reg: 05-20-08
02-14-19 03:06 PM - Post#276387    
    In response to Bison89

George Mason?

 
DoCtoR62 
Senior
Posts: 373

Reg: 05-18-08
02-14-19 04:25 PM - Post#276397    
    In response to JPM

  • JPM Said:
George Mason?


First, I wish Nate well with whatever he wants to do. A few years back, he called me during one of the campaigns when they had players reaching out to donors ... back when we were both at the lower end of the pecking order (which I remain today). Anyhow, it was a wonderful conversation that lasted much longer than I would have expected We talked about his plans to live with his sister that summer and a little about the rest of his family. He is a young man that has much going for him. He was properly raised and represents Bucknell well.

That said, if he opts to stay in the game and ends up at the A-10 level, my first guess would be St. Bonaventure. Though, I suspect he could end up higher. We've had a few frontline players in the Northeast Conference end up at Texas A&M and Kansas State in recent years ... and he is much better than either one.

 
raymondbucknell 
Junior
Posts: 290

Reg: 02-05-07
02-14-19 05:19 PM - Post#276402    
    In response to DoCtoR62

I get a call from a player every year and I have yet to be able to answer one. Such a bummer. But the thank you voicemail is nice too.

 
bison63 
Postdoc
Posts: 3385

Reg: 01-23-06
02-14-19 11:59 PM - Post#276424    
    In response to raymondbucknell

  • raymondbucknell Said:
I get a call from a player every year and I have yet to be able to answer one. Such a bummer. But the thank you voicemail is nice too.


Me too! Last year it was Nana. On voicemail.


 
Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

3977 Views



Copyright © 2004-2012 Basketball U. Terms of Use for our Site and Privacy Policy are applicable to you. All rights reserved.
Basketball U. and its subsidiaries are not affiliated in any way with any NCAA athletic conference or member institution.
FusionBB™ Version 2.1 | ©2003-2007 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.203 seconds.   Total Queries: 16   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0500) Eastern. Current time is 11:14 AM
Top