2014-15: Provided 5 points off the bench in a victory over Elon (11/22) ... Scored a season-high 7 points on 3-for-3 shooting at No. 23 Butler (12/6) ... Tallied a career-best 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in only 13 minutes of action in a victory over Mississippi Valley State (12/14) ... Played a season-high 19 minutes in a win over Western Michigan (12/20), scoring 10 points while grabbing a season-high 5 rebounds with 2 assists ... Hit 4 of 5 field goal attempts in contributing 9 points vs. #4/4 Wisconsin (1/4).
2013-14: Posted 5 points and 4 rebounds in first collegiate game, a season-opening win over Eastern Illinois (11/9) ... Connected on a pair of 3-pointers in a win over IUPUI (11/22) ... Contributed 6 points off the bench in a victory against Gardner-Webb (11/25) ... Knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in scoring in double figures for the first time, posting 11 points to go along with 4 rebounds vs. Missouri (11/28) ... Made first collegiate start vs. UCLA (11/29) ... Hit two 3-pointers in as many attempts vs. DePaul (12/27) ... Contributed 6 points off the bench at No. 24/23 Ohio State (2/19).
High School: Averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds per game while shooting 48 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line as a senior ... Second-team IBCA Class 3A/4A and Champaign News-Gazette all-state selection senior year ... Associated Press Class 4A honorable mention all-state ... Peoria Journal Star first-team all-area ... Averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range as a junior ... Two-time, first-team Mid-Illini Conference ... IHSA honorable mention all-state and Journal Star second-team all-area selection junior year ... Three-time first-team all-area pick of Pekin Times ... Scored 34 points in a regional win over defending state champion Rock Island ... Participated in ESPN/Under Armour Elite 24 3-Point competition in Venice Beach, Calif., during summer of 2012 ...Second-team all-conference pick as a sophomore, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds per contest ... Team captain ... Played for Illinois Wolves on AAU level ... National Honor Society member ... Honor roll student ... Also competed in golf, earning all-conference honors and was a state finalist.
Personal: Born Nathan Patrick Taphorn ... Son of Pat and Lisa Taphorn ... Father played college basketball at UW-Green Bay and is an assistant coach at Pekin High ... Uncle, Matt Taphorn, played at Illinois State ... Chose Northwestern over Creighton, Boston College, Colorado, Colorado State, Green Bay and Bradley ... Fifth individual from Pekin High to play at NU.