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College hoops rosters littered with local talent this season

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

There are more players from area schools playing college basketball now than arguably any time during the past few decades. Much of it has been fueled by the recent success of the Grand Haven girls basketball team, which captured a Class A state championship in March. From that roster, there are three players beginning their first collegiate season on the hardwood.

For Alex Law, her destination took an unexpected detour before she even went through a single practice at the University of Findlay. Law signed with the Oilers in November, but began having second thoughts about attending the Division 2 school in northern Ohio late this summer.

“I had a change of heart before I even got down there,” she said. “I didn’t wanna play basketball so much for a job, but more because to play because I love the game.

“I also wanted to be closer because I want to live around here after college, so getting a degree and internship would help me more.”

Grand Rapids-based Davenport University sent assistant coaches to several of Grand Haven’s games to scout Bucs’ players last season, and when it came down to it, Law realized that the Panthers were a great fit despite being a step down from the Division 2 level as an NAIA program.

“What drew me here is the degree and the winning program,” she said. “Every year it’s a goal to win conference and nationals and I’d rather win at a smaller school than lose at a bigger school.”

Law said she also wanted to switch her degree to sports management, and Davenport has a solid reputation in that discipline.

The Panthers aren’t too shabby on the basketball court, either. In just their 10th season of existence a year ago, Davenport went 30-5 overall, advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NAIA Tournament and won its sixth-straight regular season title in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

“A lot of people don’t understand why I (transferred) but I know I made the right choice and I really like it here at Davenport,” Law said.

Law scored six points off the bench in the Panthers’ season-opening 78-66 win against Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) University on Friday.

To read more of this story, see today's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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