Former Reed City player set for college basketball
REED CITY - Alison Duddles is coming off a strong varsity basketball and volleyball career at Reed City and earlier this summer, she indicated she's ready to take the next step.
Duddles said she was planning on playing sports at Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant.
"I was originally going to go to Baker (College in Cadillac)," she said. "But I started looking around more. The decision to play basketball came out. I thought I could go to Mid Michigan and play basketball. It was kind of a win-win."
When she applied to go to Mid Michigan, Duddles was posed with the question if she wanted to play sports. She expressed her interest in basketball.
"The coach contacted me and said he would let me know if there were any spots on the team," Duddles said. "He contacted me about a month later and said he had a spot. I said I would like to play."
She signed earlier this summer. Duddles, who noted Mid Michigan does not have volleyball, said she's considering nursing as a curriculum but indicated this might change.
Duddles also played volleyball at Reed City four years and basketball three years.
She was all-CSAA Gold conference in volleyball as a junior and honorable mention as a senior.
She had to get through injuries starting with her sophomore year.
"I played a majority of my sophomore year in volleyball with a hurt shoulder," Duddles said. "For my entire basketball season it hurt. After basketball season as a sophomore, I had surgery. During my junior year, it still hurt me so I went back to the doctor and needed another surgery. So I played my junior year in both sports with a hurt shoulder. "Afterwards I had another surgery after my junior year."
Another former Reed City basketball player, Kamryn Myers, is currently at Mid Michigan.
Duddles hopes to help Mid Michigan in inside game with her strength inside.