Nate Renfro, who graduated from Sahuaro High School in 2015, started in the San Antonio Spurs’ opening game of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Monday.
Renfro played at the post at 6-foot-8 and 203 pounds, and finished with nine points, six rebounds and two steals in the Spurs’ 91-89 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Renfro was wide open for a potential 3-point attempt after Tre Jones drew a triple-team, but Jones’ off-balance try from beyond the arc fell short at the buzzer.
Renfro averaged 16.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots a game as a senior for Sahuaro in 2014-15. The Cougars went 23-6 that year and he landed a spot playing for the University of San Francisco, where he averaged almost 22 points a game in his career.
He grew from 5-9 as a high school freshman to his current 6-8 stature.
Renfro is the only player in USF history to record at least 100 or more blocks, 600 or more rebounds and 100 or more steals in a career.
He signed with the Spurs’ G-League team in Austin in January. In 15 games with Austin, Renfro averaged 4.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
The Spurs’ Summer League team next plays Tuesday. Here is the remainder of their schedule:
- Tuesday at 5 p.m. vs. Chicago on NBATV
- Thursday at noon vs. Charlotte on ESPNU
- Sunday at 3 p.m. vs. Brooklyn on NBATV
Every team will play in five games at the Summer League. The teams with the two best records will go on to play in the championship game next Tuesday.
The 28 teams that won’t compete in the championship will play their fifth game next Monday or Tuesday.
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