Nate Adrian Trying His Hand At Something New
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Former Mountaineer basketball player Nate Adrian has moved on with his life since his college career came to an end last spring.
The Morgantown native, who was a key cog in leading WVU to the Sweet 16 in two of his four seasons with Bob Huggins club, began working this fall as an insurance agent for Allstate, operating out of Michael Turner’s agency in Westover. And with his new profession, Nate’s flowing locks have given way to a much more business-like hair style.
On Saturday, Adrian is going try his hand – or technically his vocal cords – at something completely new. He’s going to team up with Rob King and Warren Baker and serve as a color commentator on the TV broadcast of West Virginia’s exhibition game against Wheeling Jesuit.
“I never thought about this being something I wanted to do,” noted Adrian of his fledgling broadcasting career. “But when they approached me, I thought it would be something that would be fun. Why not try it?”
The game will tipoff at 2 p.m. from the WVU Coliseum, and it will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet, which previously was known as ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
Adrian received a text a couple weeks ago from WVU officials asking if he’d be interested in serving as a third voice on this game. Baker, a former Mountaineer himself, has done color for WVU basketball games on local TV for many years, and King has joined him as the play-by-play announcer recently. Now Nate will be part of the mix.
“I hope to bring a little different perspective since I’ve played for Huggs and know the system and how things are run,” explained Adrian, who graduated from WVU with a business degree. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Nate finished his WVU career with 792 points and 516 rebounds. His senior season was his best, as he averaged 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds for a 28-9 team that advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost a heart-breaker to eventually national champion runner-up Gonzaga.
What few knew at the time of that loss in San Jose, Calif., was that Adrian was playing with a torn labrum. He had surgery to repair the tear, but the injury forced him to pass up some opportunities to play professionally overseas. Now he’s settled into his post-basketball life, though he remains a regular at the Coliseum, and Saturday he’ll be back on the sidelines commentating on the action.
“I’m think it should be fun. It’s not something I’ve ever done, but I’m not nervous about it … at least not yet,” Nate chuckled.