1999-2000 Junior: After playing in every game but one last year, the walk-on point guard played in 21 of 32 games this year, averaging 4.6 minutes per outing o Saw his most playing time in the season opener against Western Illinois, with 15 minutes o He scored a season-high four points at Minnesota on Feb. 17 along with two assists o Scored three points on two occasions, against Loyola Chicago (12/30) and Iowa (2/12) o Had a season high four assists against Bethune-Cookman, in just 10 minutes of action.
1998-99 Sophomore: Nate walked on to the Illinois program and played in one game in 1997-98. He was awarded a scholarship for the spring 1999 semester...Played in every game except Georgetown (11/11)...Hit two threes and two free throws against UT-Pan American (11/28) and scored a career-high eight points...Got his first collegiate start against Michigan State (1/16) for the injured Sergio McClain...Had five points, two rebounds, five assists and three turnovers against the Spartans...Had seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals against Penn State (1/23)...In a five game stretch (Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan), he averaged 24.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 3.2 assists after going scoreless the previous nine games... After the Michigan (1/28) game, he played an average of 4.7 minutes in the next seven games before playing 20 minutes against Indiana (2/24)...Played in all four Big Ten tournament games, averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 assists ...Scored a tournament high seven points against Minnesota (3/4)...Nate played in all seven Australian games and averaged 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.
A three-year letterwinner in basketball and a two-year letterwinner in baseball and golf for Central High School...Named all-conference and all-area in basketball in 1997 and all-conference in baseball in 1997...Nate hit a 50-foot game winning shot against cross-town rival Champaign Centennial on Jan. 10, 1997...Averaged 16 points per game as a senior.
Born Dec. 25, 1978...The son of Eric and Carolyn Mast...Has an older brother, Ben...A native of Champaign, Nate is proud to be part of the Fighting Illini basketball team because he grew up watching the Fighting Illini play...His favorite athlete and person who has most influenced his athletic career is Pistol Pete Maravich because, "He had all the qualities and characteristics I wish to have as a person and a ball player, such as heart, determination, and a love for the game."...Nate was a four-year honor roll student at Central, and was a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society...Won the American Legion Leadership Award...Majoring in architechture.
MAST'S CAREER STATISTICS
|Year||G-GS||MIN-Avg||FGM-A/%||3PM-A/%||FTM-A/%||OR-DR -- TOT/Avg||PF-DQ||A||TO||B||S||PTS-Avg|
|97-98||1-0||2-2.0||0- 0/.000||0- 0/.000||0- 0/.000||0- 0 -- 0/0.0||0-0||0||1||0||0||0- 0.0|
|98-99||31-4||308-9.9||20-44/.455||11-27/.407||14-21/.667||2-15 -- 17/0.5||29-0||36||30||0||14||65- 2.1|
|99-00||21-0||97-4.6||3-11/.273||1- 4/.250||8- 11/.727||1- 7 --- 8/0.4||8-0||16||11||1||6||15- 0.7|
|Totals||53-4||407-7.7||23-55/.418||12-31/.387||22-32/.688||3-22 ---25/0.5||37-0||52||42||1||20||80- 1.5|