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Corner Brook's Nathan Barker beaming after rookie season with Sea-Hawks

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A deeper run in the playoffs would have been sweet, but Nathan Barker has a lot to smile about after his first taste of varsity basketball.

Barker, a Corner Brook native who plays for the Memorial Sea-Hawks, was named to the Atlantic University Sport varsity men’s basketball all-rookie team over the weekend.

Barker found out the good news at the AUS basketball banquet after his Memorial Sea-Hawks were eliminated from championship contention in a 73-65 loss to the Acadia Axemen Friday night in Halifax.

“It felt good to be recognized throughout the league as one of the best rookies in it, especially where the league is so competitive with a lot of good players,” Barker said of his individual award.

Barker, who shared the floor with fellow Corner Brook hoops star Chris Dobbin, was a dominant force on the provincial high school scene before taking the leap into a higher level of competition.

He said he really enjoyed the experience of being committed to the team and learning how to juggle his basketball schedule with his busy schedule in the classroom as he studies toward being a nurse.

What made it better for him was his ability to make a valuable contribution to the team as the season progressed. He got his share fair of minutes on the hardwood and enjoyed being part of a great group of guys, he said.

Barker said he is disappointed about how the team bowed out early in the playoff round, but he vows to work hard over the summer on things like his shooting and quickness in an effort to be an impact player in his sophomore season.

He said he is glad the team made the playoffs this year, and he hopes for better things to come next season.

“It wasn’t the ending we really wanted but some things you can’t control,” he said.

His confidence got a boost, and he's looking forward to the second season brings.

Barker, a Corner Brook native who plays for the Memorial Sea-Hawks, was named to the Atlantic University Sport varsity men’s basketball all-rookie team over the weekend.

Barker found out the good news at the AUS basketball banquet after his Memorial Sea-Hawks were eliminated from championship contention in a 73-65 loss to the Acadia Axemen Friday night in Halifax.

“It felt good to be recognized throughout the league as one of the best rookies in it, especially where the league is so competitive with a lot of good players,” Barker said of his individual award.

Barker, who shared the floor with fellow Corner Brook hoops star Chris Dobbin, was a dominant force on the provincial high school scene before taking the leap into a higher level of competition.

He said he really enjoyed the experience of being committed to the team and learning how to juggle his basketball schedule with his busy schedule in the classroom as he studies toward being a nurse.

What made it better for him was his ability to make a valuable contribution to the team as the season progressed. He got his share fair of minutes on the hardwood and enjoyed being part of a great group of guys, he said.

Barker said he is disappointed about how the team bowed out early in the playoff round, but he vows to work hard over the summer on things like his shooting and quickness in an effort to be an impact player in his sophomore season.

He said he is glad the team made the playoffs this year, and he hopes for better things to come next season.

“It wasn’t the ending we really wanted but some things you can’t control,” he said.

His confidence got a boost, and he's looking forward to the second season brings.

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