CENTRAL POINT, Ore--- Once again, Central Point native and former Crater standout Nathan Bittle has made local basketball history. This time, Bittle will be a part of the 2021 McDonald's All-American Game roster.
It is an achievement that has not happened in the Rogue Valley since Kyle Singler in 2007. Singler is the only other player from the local area to do so.
"You go numb and you don't know if you are happy or sad," said Bittle when reacting to how finding out felt. "You don't really know what you feel but like, I felt like I was going to cry but I was so happy. I don't know how to explain it but like, it was one of the best feelings I have ever felt. "
Bittle has relocated to join Prolific Prep in California for his final season. He made the move because of the stoppage of Oregon sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Bittle is a name that will be forever cherished by the Central Point community.
"The whole community, we all grew up with this kid and watched him grow as a youngster into a player," said Crater head coach Chris Schmerbach."
The 2021 All-American Game will not be played because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Oregon has plenty to look forward to. Bittle is set to join the Ducks next season. It is a career that NewsWatch 12 Sports will follow closely.
Above, you can see a video feature for this week's Amateur Athlete that shows footage of both Bittle and Singler.