GH hoops standouts finalize college plans

For her potential college choice, Grand Haven junior Alex Law was looking for a school that offered a successful basketball program, but also provided a situation where the sport wouldn't dictate her life seven days a week, 365 days a year. She found the perfect fit at the University of Findlay (Ohio). Law committed to play for the Division 2 school, which is located about 50 miles south of Toledo, on Monday. The earliest she could sign her national letter of intent would be in November.
Nate Thompson
Apr 28, 2011

 

The Oilers compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, along with 13 other schools, including West Michigan universities Grand Valley State and Ferris State.

“Grand Valley was a school I considered, but from the start, I was really thinking about getting a little further away from home,” Law said, the daughter of Dave and Lori Law. “I wanted to experience something new.”

Law said she also received strong interest from Ball State, Central Michigan, and Lehigh.

The 5-foot-10 guard with a deadly 3-point stroke averaged 13 points per game during the Bucs’ memorable winter, in which they reached the Class A semifinals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. For her success on the court, Law was recognized as an honorable mention all-state selection in Class A.

“She’s put so much time into the game. It’s nice to see her getting rewarded,” said Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer. “She’s one of the best 3-point and free throw shooters in the state and the best pure shooter I’ve ever coached.”

When she first started receiving recruiting interest, Law said she was determined to play Division 1 basketball. Her views eventually changed, however.

“I started to think about it more and going to a smaller school was just a better choice,” she said. “The class sizes would be smaller so I could get more attention and help, and at bigger D-1 schools, all you focus on is basketball all the time. You have no social life whatsoever. I realized I’m not going to be doing this for the rest of my life and I wanted to make the most of my college experience.”

From a basketball standpoint, Findlay fit the bill perfectly, Law said. The Oilers, led by sixth-year head coach Kate Cummings, finished with a 17-10 record overall last winter. They tied for first in the GLIAC’s South Division with Ashland at 12-7.

“I really like the coaches and I like the way they play,” Law said. “They play a lot of guards, they push the ball and shoot the 3. Plus, I get along really well with the rest of the players. They’re all really nice and really accepting.”

Findlay also offers the major that Law plans to pursue, physical therapy.

Law, who suffered a dislocated knee cap in the Class A quarterfinals, said her injury is not completely 100 percent healed yet, but it hasn’t slowed her down in AAU basketball, where she currently plays with the Michigan Rage. Fellow Buccaneers Cassie Holwerda and Kaeding Skelton are also on the team.

“We’ve had only one tournament so far, but once we get to July, every weekend is busy,” she said.

Law will become the second Bucs’ player in the last four years to play at the Division 2 level, joining 2007 graduate Emma Veach. Veach originally signed with GVSU, but transferred to fellow GLIAC school Michigan Tech last summer.

“When she found out I committed, she told me that we’d be playing against each other,” Law said. “She’ll be a senior at Tech when I’m a freshman.”

RUSCO COMMITS TO ROCHESTER

Grand Haven senior Marshall Rusco has committed to play college basketball at the University of Rochester, a Division 3 school in Rochester, N.Y.

According to his coach, Steve Hewitt, Rusco also considered walking on at Michigan Tech, but found an ideal fit academicallly with Rochester, one of the nation’s leading private universities.

“He’s a very high academic kid,” Hewitt said. “He was pretty specific on where he wanted to go.”

Rusco, a 6-foot-6 center, averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and had 35 blocked shots for the Bucs this season. Hewitt said that Rusco hasn’t yet tapped his full potential.

“Once he gets stronger, I believe he’ll really take that next step,” Hewitt said. “He’s got that long wing span and does a lot of good things around the basket. He needs to work on extending his game with his perimeter shooting but most importantly, he needs to add strength.”

 

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