Pine River standout signs with Kellogg Community College



LEROY - Marcus Jurik ended his sports career at Pine River this past spring, but is now advancing to the college level for basketball.

He'll be playing for Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

Jurik and the Bucks were scheduled to play Shelby at home in mid-March for the district title game. But the MHSAA canceled all sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruiting was rather limited because of the governor's Stay-at-Home order

"Our season ended short, I contacted the coach and went from there," Jurik said. "We talked to each other and I sent him my highlight film."

Jurik said he was given a scholarship and isn't for sure yet on his exact area of study. He signed with KCC in early June.

"I knew that was the place for me," Jurik said. "I considered Olivet, but I didn't have the money."

He's at 6-feet-4 inches and figures he'll be suited for a small forward at the college level. He's also confident he can provide plenty of skills for his new team.

"I feel I can do it all," he said. "Ball handling is definitely my weakest thing right now," Jurik said. "That's what I've been improving on."

Schools were closed in March and basketball players like Jurik haven't had access to gymnasiums. But he's still been working on his own to get ready for the next level. He's not sure yet when he'll be able to get to Battle Creek to work with the team and was hoping the campus would be open some time in July.

Being able to play college basketball fulfilled a long-time dream for the Pine River basketball standout.

"Baseball and football have been my dream until about the seventh grade," Jurik said. "They said come play basketball and I've been in love with it since."

Because of injury, he was only able to play four football games last fall. But he was healthy enough for a full basketball schedule.

"I was extremely confident we would have won districts," Jurik said, pointing to the cancellation of the district title game because of COVID-19.

Jurik was on the Pioneer's boys basketball Dream Team. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds a game.