T here’s a certain naturalness to the way Nathan Beckman leads. He commands the ball with confidence in the face of pressure — each dribble is pounded into the floor with authority — and he’s direct and decisive with every orchestrated pass and shot.
Then there’s the other stuff people typically associate with leadership.
When he speaks, it’s more encouraging than condescending. He’s also more willing to celebrates his teammates’ accomplishments than his own. After Jacob Adriano’s layup ensuing a foul against Ishpeming, he was there to deliver a chest bump and celebrate. That’s a guy people will follow.