CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Nate Bittle keeps raking in the rewards for his play this year on the Crater boy's basketball team. On Friday, he was named the Oregon Sports Award's Prep Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
It's his third award this year, taking home both the Maxpreps' Oregon Player of the Year and the Oregonian/OregonLive 5A Player of the Year.
And Bittle earned every little bit of these awards.
The 6-foot-11 junior averaged over 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 assists over 26 games of the 2019-2020 season. But even more impressive was how Bittle played when the going got tough.
"Anytime there has been a big game or a huge moment, he has been his, or he has brought his best in those moments," said Crater head coach Chris Schmerbach. "That is really unique to be able to do that. You look across the sports landscape, and there is a lot of really good players that don't show up in big moments. Nate is always the best in those moments."
Against Top-8 5A teams, the star of the Comets squad averaged over 28 points, nearly 13 rebounds and about 5 blocks a game.
Crater was making a run at the 5A State Title before games were called off over fears of the coronavirus pandemic.
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