2005-06 (Medical Redshirt) Named a preseason third-team All-American by Street & Smith’s and one of 16 candidates nationally for USBWA Preseason Player of the Year ...Injured his shoulder on Nov. 30 while diving for a loose ball at DePaul ...Missed the next five games before returning to play on Dec. 31 at Illinois State and Jan. 2 at Bradley ...Had season-ending surgery performed by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Jan. 5 in Birmingham, Ala. ...Applied for and received a medical redshirt ...Had a career-high 38 points in double-overtime win over Dayton (Nov. 26), including the game-winning basket with 5.7 seconds left ...Had nine different scores that tied the game or put Creighton ahead against the Flyers, including four such scores in the second overtime ...His 38 points were a Qwest Center record and ranked 12th in Creighton single-game history ...Voted MVC Player of the Week (Nov. 28) for his outing ...Preseason all-MVC pick and preseason Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-American as well ...Will enter the 2006-07 season 23rd on school’s all-time scoring list.
2004-05 (Junior) Led team in scoring (17.8 ppg.) and rebounding (5.1 rpg.) while ranking second on the team in assists (2.3 apg.) ...First-team all-MVC and MVC Player of the Year runner-up ...Named first-team all-District 6 by the USBWA ...Named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Team after pacing the Bluejays in scoring en route to the title ...Started all 33 games he played, missing the High Point game (Dec. 4) due to injury ...Named Regional MVP of the Guardians Classic after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in wins over Alcorn State and Iona ...Named to the All-Tournament Team of the Guardians Classic championship round after averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds during wins over Missouri and Ohio State ...Named conference and national Player of the Week by the MVC and ESPN’s Dick Vitale on Feb. 21 after averaging 27.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in wins over Wichita State and Chattanooga ...Shot 77.3 percent (17-22) from the field, 72.7 percent from three-point range (8-11) and 86.7 percent (13-15) at the line during that week ...Hit game-winning 19-footer at the buzzer to lift the Bluejays to a 67-66 win at Northern Iowa (Jan. 15) ...Had a season-high 35 points on just 14 shots in Feb. 16 win at first-place Wichita State ...Made 10-of-14 shots from the floor and 12-of-13 at the line vs. the Shockers ...Had 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, in win over Chattanooga (Feb. 19) ...Led the MVC by scoring 586 points on the season, ranked second in scoring average and three-point percentage, fifth in three-pointers made and sixth in free throw percentage ...Led the MVC with his 18.9 points per game average in league games ...Made his final 22 free throw attempts on the season ...Became Creighton’s 29th player to score 1,000 career points at Illinois State on Feb. 28 in regular-season finale.
2003-04 (Sophomore) Honorable-mention all-Missouri Valley Conference selection ...Led team in scoring (11.1) and assists (2.7) per game ...Started every game, scoring in double-figures 19 times ...Joined Kyle Korver (2001-02), Matt Petty (1992-93) and Kevin McKenna (1979-80) as the only Bluejays to lead the team in scoring and assists in the same season since 1970 ...One of just seven sophomores nationally to lead a postseason team in both scoring and assists ...Ranked fourth in the MVC in three-point percentage (42.9), eighth in three-pointers per game (1.66), 12th in assists (2.7) and 14th in scoring (11.1) ...Had season-high 21 points in 26 minutes at Evansville (Feb. 1) ...Drained a three-pointer at the second half buzzer to send game to overtime in eventual 70-62 overtime win at Fresno State (Dec. 13) ...Hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3.1 seconds left in regulation to send game at Drake into overtime (Feb. 14) ...Hit at least one trey in CU’s last 10 games and 19 of the final 20 ...Led team during exhibition tour of Canada with 16.4 points and 5.0 assists per game.
2002-03 (Freshman) The only Creighton freshman to see the court in 2002-03, he averaged 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game ...Shot 51.6 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from downtown in the final 15 games, scoring at least eight points in eight of those games ...Had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting vs. BYU on Dec. 7 ...Had 10 points vs. Wichita State on Feb. 15, nine vs. the Shockers on March 3 and 10 points on March 9 vs. WSU ...Broke into double-figures for the first time with 10 points in win over IUPUI on Nov. 25 ...Made 7-of-8 three-pointers in a four-game stretch from Feb. 8-19, while making 13-of-17 shots overall in that span ...Played at least seven minutes off the bench in all 34 games ...Team finished 29-5 and ranked 15th.
HeelanHigh School Signed with Creighton in the fall of 2001 ...Averaged 24.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a senior ...Connected on 236-of-382 (61.8 percent) shots from the floor, 30-of-69 (43.5 percent) from three-point range and 137-of-157 (87.3 percent) of his free throws ...Also added 93 assists and 56 steals for the 22-4 Crusaders ...Named first-team all-state by the Des Moines Register his final two years while also earning team MVP honors ...Finished his career as Heelan’s all-time leading scorer with 1,239 points and second all-time on the metro Sioux City list behind former Kansas All-American Kirk Hinrich’s 1,255 total ...Team shared the Missouri River Activities Conference title as a senior ...Named to the Sioux City Journal 2002 All-Northwest Iowa area team ...Team reached the Iowa State Tournament championship game his final two years ...Led his team in scoring in 21 of 25 games as a senior while topping the 30-point barrier eight times ...Scored a season-high 42 points vs. LeMars in opening-round victory of the Class 3A district tournament ...Two-time member of the all-State Tournament team and named MVP as a junior despite team’s runner-up finish, averaging 24 points and six rebounds per tourney game ...Scored 19.9 points per game as a junior while shooting 52 percent from the floor ...Team finished 19-7 in his junior campaign ...Was averaging 16.3 points per game before breaking his arm six games into his sophomore season ...Finished his prep career shooting 58 percent (443-764) from the floor, 87.8 percent (296-337) at the free-throw line and 45.7 percent (73-167) from three-point range ...Played for coaches Doug Moody, Tom Betz and Bob Geary as a prep ...Also lettered twice in baseball, winning the state title as a junior and winning team’s Mr. Defense award ...Owned a 3.3 GPA in high school.
Personal The son of Timm and Jean Funk, Nate was born Nov. 7, 1983 in Sioux City, Iowa ...Has an older brother, Justin (24) and younger sister, Sara (20) ...Best player he’s ever faced is former Creighton teammate and current Philadelphia 76ers forward Kyle Korver ...Hobbies include golf, music and video games ...Favorite athletes are Reggie Bush and Steve Nash ...A marketing major.
PERSONAL BESTS Points 38 vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
Field Goals 11 vs. Illinois State (OT)1/22/05
Field Goal Attempts 21 vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
3-Point Field Goals 5 (2x), last vs. Chattanooga2/19/05
3-Point Field Goals Attempted 8 (3x), last vs. West Virginia3/17/05
Free Throws 15 vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
Free Throws Attempted 18 vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
Rebounds 9 (2x), last vs. Missouri State2/5/05
Assists 7 vs. vs. Missouri State12/30/03
Blocks 2 (4x), last vs. Drake1/19/05
Steals 3 (4x), last vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
Minutes 45 vs. Dayton (2OT)11/26/05
Awards & Honors 2005-06 Collegeinsider.com Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team MVC Player of the Week, 11/28 Preseason all-Missouri Valley Conference Street & Smith’s Preseason Third Team All-American USBWA Preseason Player of the Year Candidate
2004-05 Dick Vitale’s ESPN Co-National Player of the Week, 2/21 First-team all-Missouri Valley Conference Guardians Classic Regional MVP Guardians Classic All-Tournament Team State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team MVC Player of the Week, 2/21 USBWA All-District 6