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10 things to know about Nate Sestina

If you missed the big news earlier, Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina committed to Kentucky. Jack’s already told you a little bit about Nate the player, but what about Nate the person? I hopped on the ole Google machine to find out more about the newest Kentucky Wildcat.

1. He’s from a small town in Pennsylvania

Odds are you haven’t heard of Emporium, Pennsylvania. The small town with a population of 1,900 is located in northern Pennsylvania in a valley of the Allegheny Mountains. Sestina is the first Division I basketball player from Cameron County, PA since the 1970s.

2. His older brothers are Marines

Nate is the youngest of five children; both of his brothers are Marines. His older brother Jason joined when Nate was in fourth grade and four years later, was deployed to Afghanistan. His other brother Andrew is a First Lieutenant stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California and surprised Nate on his Senior Day last month, the first time the two have seen each other in nearly two years.

3. He takes leadership notes from his brothers

In an interview with the Patriot League Network, Nate says he draws a lot of inspiration from his brothers, particularly when it comes to leadership.

“With [Andrew] being a leader of 150 guys right now, I think that’s helped me with my leadership role. You have to be upbeat, but he always said, you have to correct your boots. You have to promote them but then you have to be able to bring them back down to Earth. I think that’s something I’ve carried with my through my entire life with Jason but especially with Andrew the last couple of years. The guys now, I understand that as a leader, you have to be able to show what you’re doing but then you have to be able to talk through it.”

4. A shoulder injury forced him to redshirt his freshman season

Four games into his freshman season, Sestina injured his shoulder and redshirted the rest of the year. Hence, his extra year of eligibility.

5. He’s played in the NCAA Tournament before

Kentucky is on a totally different level than Bucknell, but Sestina has played in the NCAA Tournament before. Last year, 14-seed Bucknell lost to 3-seed Michigan State in the first round 82-78. Sestina came off the bench with seven points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. He admitted to D9 Sports’ Nate Steis that playing a blue blood like the Spartans on college basketball’s biggest stage was intimidating at first.

“I was starstruck by the NBA talent and playing against Tom Izzo. There were a lot of Michigan State fans and minimal Bucknell fans. I remember checking in and not being able to talk. After I got my first bucket against them, I was able to realize that Michigan State is not too much different than us.”

6. Losing in the Patriot League Tournament finals pushed him to continue his college career

Bucknell didn’t make the NCAA Tournament this year after losing to Colgate in the finals of the Patriot League Tournament, which Sestina said that pushed him to extend his college career as a grad transfer.

“Losing left a sour taste in my mouth,” Sestina told The Daily Item’s Kurt Ritzman. “The opportunity to play pro basketball was there. Since I was a kid, playing Division I basketball and then playing pro basketball — especially being from the area that I’m from — was always a dream of mine.”

“I felt I needed to improve some things. The opportunity to play college basketball for another year, make a run to the NCAA Tournament, and hopefully win some games, was very, very appealing. I want to find a place to grow and develop, but a place where I can be me and play my game — not a place where I’ll sit the bench.”

7. His major is geography

Sestina is leaving Bucknell with a bachelor of science in geography, and wants to pursue a master’s in environmental science, community leadership, or education. I hear UK is good at all of those things.

8. His favorite TV show is “The Office”

In a profile on, I learned a lot of interesting things about Nate, such as his favorite TV show (“The Office”), movie (The Dark Knight), and life motto (“Smile and wave”). That’s just the tip of the Sestina iceberg. Nate also shared what he looks for in a girl (someone with a sarcastic sense of humor who also loves hoops and coffee), and his biggest turnoffs (apologizing for everything).

9. He loves golden retrievers

In fact, according to that same profile, he eventually wants two of them.

10. He also loves Dad jokes

Confession: I wrote this entire post just so I could share those. I need Nate to recreate this bit with TJ Beisner.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for 10 things to know about Nate Sestina

  1. Bruce Dickinson
    4:17 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    If he gets 2 golden retrievers, he better get use to vacuuming everyday.

  2. lexcatfan2367
    4:17 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Anybody that likes The Office is alright with me.

  3. StuckinLville
    4:24 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Love him and his family already. Very nice addition. Welcome to the BB family, Nate!

  4. dctawk
    4:30 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Nice. He brings the Scranton Strangler. Now Duke can choke again.

    • dctawk
      4:31 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

      Seriously, though, I really like this guy’s attitude and what he brings to the table. I don’t really think people understand just yet how much of a quality get this is. Welcome aboard !

    • WWITB
      6:02 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

      Got a genuine laugh out of me. Cheers.

    • Robinson73
      1:07 am April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Awesome young man. I like him already. Good story we need to get to know these young men. He will make a great addition to next year’s class. #BBN #9

  5. tdub
    5:47 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to bbn

  6. Ridge Runner
    7:08 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Gonna like this dude, I can tell.

  7. RealCatsFan
    7:08 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Love that picture of him with the buzz cut and the horned rimmed glasses – reminds me of Michael Douglas in “Falling Down”. Welcone aboard, Nate!

  8. Glock
    9:10 pm April 4, 2019 Permalink

    Definetly a good addition

  9. ballen78
    2:08 am April 5, 2019 Permalink

    Like the kid already. He’s got heart and I admire that.

  10. Duuuuuude
    8:32 am April 5, 2019 Permalink

    I love a good Dad joke!