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Get to know Nate Sestina with his senior year profile



Nate Sestina will officially be wearing the Blue and White next season as Kentucky’s latest grad transfer. We’ve already given you the top 10 things to know about him and what he could mean for the program, but now you can get to know Sestina on an even more personal level.

This video, produced by Patriot League TV, showcases Sestina during his senior season at his alma mater, Bucknell. In it, Sestina gives viewers an inside look into his family life, which includes four siblings, two of which have spent time serving in the military. Sestina says watching them grow as leaders through their service has impacted his own leadership skills and his perspective on life.

“When [his brother] was 21 years old, he was in Afghanistan. I wake up like ‘oh, I don’t want to go to class today’ or ‘I don’t want to go to practice today,’ and he woke up and was like ‘I hope I make it through today,” Sestina said of his brother, Jason.

That mindset pushed Sestina to become one of Bucknell’s leaders on and off the court, according to Bison head coach Nathan Davis.

He’s been, for four years, one of our hardest workers,” Davis said. “And now, with him focused on being one of the better players, it makes it hard for the guys not playing as much to not work as hard as he is.”

John Calipari clearly saw how much Reid Travis was able to contribute from a leadership standpoint, revealing that Travis was often the one to get the team re-focused during an off-day of practice. His experience gave the Cats a sense of security, and Coach Cal may be hoping for the same thing in Sestina. Travis averaged over 28 minutes per game and typically started for the Wildcats. While neither of these things may end up being true for Sestina, he’ll be alright – he’s used to proving himself.

“Everybody always asks me: ‘You could have played somewhere else and been ‘The Guy’ or whatever instead of playing behind Nana [Foulland] and Zack [Thomas], but I think playing behind those two guys has been the best thing for me,” Sestina said. “It brought me back to reality. Going from being a First-Team, All-State guy in high school to coming here and not playing, I was really hurt. It was a culture shock.”

He also described the culture shock of transitioning from playing in a high school gym in a small town with a population of 1,900 people to playing in front of 4,000 people. If he thinks that’s drastic, just wait until he gets inside Rupp Arena.

Welcome to Kentucky, Nate Sestina! The BBN is happy to have you.


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

15 Comments for Get to know Nate Sestina with his senior year profile

  1. NextMattJonesNoCap
    7:18 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

    He won’t be like Reid

    • calcat
      7:23 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      What’s the lottery #s for tomorrow

    • nocode96
      7:39 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t think anyone will be like Reid. Reid literally set the standard. If we can get a solid stretch 4 with experience, that’s a big win in my book. It’s unfair to hold any transfer we may get up to Reid and just focus on him not being Reid.

    • syrin23
      8:23 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Duke still choked. Cal won the title when he had the top two players picked in the draft.

    • JT919
      9:33 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Of course he won’t be like Reid. They are two fundamentally different players in their approach to the game.

    • mashburnfan1
      10:20 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Syrin must mean stupid in some language. Cal also had 2 returning Soph players that had [played 35 or so games and a great SR in Miller who had played over 100 games. If you recall it was not AD and MKG that did the scoring, in fact AD was 1 for 10 with 3 turnovers because that is what happens to all FR no matter how good they are. Lamb, playing in his 70th or so game had 22 and Jones had like 10 bit only took 6 shots I believe. If dUKe would have had 3 solid veterans like Cal did they win this title in blowout fashion. dUKe did beat Wisc in 2015, you know that team who Cal could not beat with the greatest team ever, did you forget that. Hopefully we have that next season, get 3-4 guys to return {hope 1 is Herro} and have a couple of the FR play well all year {which has not happened the last couple years}. We had the quality veteran play this season just did not get a boost from the FR when it counted.

    • speaksthetruth
      11:07 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Doesn’t matter… if cal had K’s roster and lost it would considered the worst coaching job and made out to be a much bigger deal than it is since it was K.

    • abobicesaevior
      11:29 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

      Mash, you just proved Cal is the better coach. K’s just a recruiter. Thank you.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:33 am April 6, 2019 Permalink

      abob…no clue how you get that. K beat Wisc with a much less talented team than Cal lost to Wisc with. So he won vs the same team with much less talent. Tried to type slow so you may understand. K may have won a title with this years UK team, guarantee he would have beat Auburn. Think of this, if Cal was at dUKe and Coach K at UK this year do you think dUKe beats us by 34? No Way. And he beat us with a far less experienced team. Really no reason to argue with you dweebs, both have had great success but anyone with a pulse can see K is a better in game coach.

    • madarchitect
      7:59 am April 6, 2019 Permalink

      It does not matter how slowly you type if your logic is flawed.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:00 am April 6, 2019 Permalink

      Mash, I am actually going to agree with you on a few things. One, I also think that pretty much all of this year’s freshmen need to come back, and we will be a very good team if they do. And two, I will give K a slight nod for in-game coaching. Cal does make some questionable decisions during games, but every coach does from time to time. There were many examples in this year’s tourney, and even the Almighty K made some. For one, why didn’t he get Zion the ball in the last 2 minutes against MSU? I think Izzo outcoached him there. Also, Duke was stacked from top to bottom with 5-star talent. No one is playing the violin for K. And since you want to play the what-if game, what if UK had Kanter available when they had their FF run with basically a bunch of freshmen? What if they had Alex Poythress against Wisconsin? What if UK got some of the critical favorable calls that K and Duke seem to get? And lastly, winning a national championship takes talent, skill, coaching, and a fair amount of luck. Duke had their share of it through the years, especially in this tournament. They could have easily bowed out (again) in the second round. And you never even touched on the multiple scandals that were swept under the rug by the NCAA. I could write a few more paragraphs about that.

  2. makeitstop
    9:10 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

    Nice profile. Looks like the kind of kid u want in ur program. Naturally the usual 6-7 suspects will find something to complain about. Bottom line is, smart, hard working, big kid w leadership skills and a nice stroke wants to join ur team, u welcome him.

  3. jim tom
    9:41 pm April 5, 2019 Permalink

    Like it

  4. Glock
    7:12 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Hope we get another one if we can.