Athlete of the Week February 21st - Nick Havener

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SARASOTA - The Riverview Rams lost to Wharton in the boys basketball regionals Tuesday night, but part of the reason they were able to make that playoff run was because of our ABC 7 Athlete of the Week.

Nick Havener had a monster game against Tampa Alonso to help get the Rams into the regional semifinals. He had 16 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks and 5 assists in that game,

"He is 6'7'', 6'8'', and he is very, very, very athletic. He's very skilled, he can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he can score inside and outside. Plus he is a good defender, as far as lateral movement, so he can pretty much guard anyone on the court," says Riverview head coach BJ Ivey.

He does all of that, and there are stats that cannot be quantified, other ways in which he makes this team better. "Nick definitely did that. Not to mention there are so many shots that are changed due to his presence that don't show up in the stat log," says Coach Ivey.

During practice, Havener is one of the players that keeps the team pretty loose. But when game time comes, he is all business. "I guess during the games when the adrenaline kicks in and you can't play anymore, you have to be serious."

"He is definitely a competitor, so when the ball gets thrown up and it’s game time, or even in practice if we’re running a drill that has any kind of competition where we’re keeping score, Nick definitely gets after it. He hates to lose," says Ivey.

Nick is just a junior, so he has another year to fill out and get experience. But you can't teach height, and he hopes his height -- and his 3.8 GPA -- attract attention from colleges. "I definitely want to play for a D-1 college, but I really haven't set my eyes to any specific college."

Congratulations to Nick Havener of Riverview High School. He is our ABC 7 Athlete of the Week.