VanArendonk leaves Central; to play at Hope

The Hope College men's basketball team is a welcoming a 6-foot-10 NCAA Division I transfer in October. Center Nate VanArendonk is leaving Central Michigan University to join the Flying Dutch-men. Hope coach Matt Neil confirmed Van-Arendonk's decision on Thursday. He said the Grand Haven native will be one of several incoming freshmen at Hope this fall, but declined further comment. VanArendonk would have four years of eligibility remaining. He missed the final 28 of CMU's games last season due to mononucleosis and received a medial redshirt.
Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2011

VanArendonk appeared in three games for CMU last season during the Rainbow Classic tournament in Hawaii. He totaled 12 minutes and two rebounds.

In high school, VanArendonk was named one of the top 100 players in the state by the Detroit Free Press in 2009.

He led Grand Haven to the Class A state quarterfinals in 2010 as a senior. During that playoff run, VanArendonk gained fame for smashing a glass backboard on a dunk during the Bucs’ regional finals victory over Rockford at Grandville High School. The contest was moved to Jenison High School, where the Bucs prevailed, 39-36.

VanArendonk’s father, Craig, is a 1981 Hope College graduate who played college basketball for the Flying Dutchmen.

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The Holland Sentinel contributed to this report.

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