Former Reed City hoops standout shines at Trine

REED CITY — It’s two promising years down and two promising years to go for former Reed City basketball standout Jared Holmquist.

Holmquist, a 6-4 sophomore, played in 26 games this season for Trine and averaged 12.5 points a game while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor, 76.2 percent in free throws and 20 percent in 3-pointers. He averaged 7.4 rebounds a game and totaled 32 blocks and 31 steals.

“I thought it was a very good season overall for the team and individually,” Holmquist said. “We lost two of our best players last year. One was All-American and both were All-MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association). We weren’t sure how this year was going to go. That was like 60 percent of our offense. We finished one win better, we were 15-11 and 8-6 in conference.”

Tyler Good was Trine’s leading scorer and an all-MIAA selection at 15.2 points per game.

Hope rallied to score a 65-62 overtime victory over Trine’s men’s basketball team in the MIAA-semifinals. Holmquist had eight points and eight rebounds in that game.

“I was into the offense more, definitely,” Holmquist said. “We lost 60 percent of our offense. There were a lot of shots to be had. I was more of an offensive threat and rebounding obviously since I was one of their big men.”

Compared to his freshman season, “Basketball skill-wise, I got better somewhat,” Holmquist said. “But I’d say it was more of my quickness and strength. That’s a lot of what I focused on after my freshman year. I wanted to get stronger to battle in the post with bigger guys because I’m an undersized big man, obviously, at 6-0. I focused on quickness to help me offensively and defensively a lot.”

Holmquist indicated he felt more comfortable this year with the transition to college basketball compared to last season.

“It was still a learning experience last year,” he said. “I got a lot of games in and experience. This year, I came in with more confidence which helped me out a ton.”

Handling the quickness and physical nature of college basketball was the biggest adjustment for Holmquist. He indicated that he became more used to those facets of the game this season. He anticipates his role will basically be the same next season.

“We only had one senior,” Holmquist said. “So we probably have seven of our top eight guys returning. Next year, everything should be about the same. For the most part, I don’t expect too much of a difference.”

Holmquist likes his team’s prospects for 2014-15.

“I think we’ll be better than we were this year,” he said. “I haven’t heard much about any recruits coming in. But we return all of our guys. We only have two seniors next year. We have a ton of guys who should be more experienced next year. It should be another good one.”

Holmquist is looking to work on his ballhandling and be more of a driver.

“Next year, I’d like to create a shot a little bit more and be able to get a shot off when I need to rather than teammates creating it for me,” he said.

Holmquist had plenty to like about this year’s team.

“It was definitely the closest and most family-oriented team I’ve played on,” Holmquist said. “Everyone gets along great. The coach is very involved and

active.”

Calvin and Hope have finished ahead of Trine the past two seasons.

“Adrian is probably our biggest rival,” Holmquist said. “That’s the closest school.”

This spring, Holmquist will be involved in several open gyms and weight-lifting as he and his teammates get ready for 2014-15.

“In the summer last year, and I’m hoping to do it this year, I played in the Lansing Pro-Am,” he said. “There were Michigan State players that played in it and kids from Oakland and different schools. We had a team with guys I played in AAU before. I think I might do that again.”