Holmquist selects Trine to continue college career

REED CITY — Jared Holmquist has decided to play on the college level in the basketball-rich state of Indiana.

Holmquist acknowledged earlier this week that he has verbally committed to playing college basketball at Trine University in Angola, located in northern Indiana, about a 10-minute drive from the Michigan border.

“I’ve not signed, I just talked to the coach and told him I was going there,” Holmquist said.

Holmquist said he made his decision in late March.

Brooks Miller, Trine’s coach, said he’s not allowed to comment on Holmquist until he comes to the university in August.

Trine was 15-11 in Miller’s first season as coach.

“I really liked the coach there and they’re a part of the MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association),” Holmquist said. “My dad (Chuck) went to Alma and I know I can get a good education from those schools. That was big to know I could get a good education.”

Trine is an NCAA Division III affiliate.

“Last year they were third in the conference,” Holmquist said. “It was the coach’s first year.”

Holmquist is hoping to be able to contribute to the program right away.

“(Miller) told me I definitely have an opportunity to be a contributor,” Holmquist said. “He said it obviously depends on how hard I work during the offseason. They only had one senior last year and they have quite a good returning core. So I’ll see.”

He narrowed his list down to Lawrence Tech, Aquinas, Trine and Concordia of Ann Arbor.

“I went for a visit (to Trine) a week or two after our season ended,” Holmquist said. “A friend, and I went and visited there. When I came back, I had a good feeling about it. That’s what helped me with my decision.”

Holmquist anticipates being at the forward position in the No. 4 or 5 spot.

Holmquist, a senior and third-year varsity player, averaged 17.5 points a game along with 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals and shot 50.8 percent from the field and 76.9 percent in free throws. He also averaged two blocks a game.

Honors for Holmquist included all-Central State Activities Association first team and all-state Class B honorable mention Associated Press. He played a key role in Reed City’s drive to CSAA titles in his sophomore and senior seasons.