ALLENDALE \u2014 Justin Ringler just kept getting better as a college basketball player. The Reed City native ended his four-year career at Grand Valley State recently by being named to the second team All-Midwest Regional squad at the end of the season. The 6-foot-4 senior forward topped the Lakers in points at 14.3 per game and in rebounds with 6.1 per outing. He also had 70 assists to lead the team. He led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists for the second straight season. Ringler wound up as the only player in Grand Valley State history to pass 1,400 points, 700 rebounds and 300 assists. He\u2019s No. 3 all-time in school history in free throws made with 427, seventh in both scoring with 1,499 points and steals with 160 and eighth in assists at 303 and ninth in rebounds in 734. Grand Valley finished at 19-8 overall and 14-6 in the GLIAC. \u201cIt\u2019s just unfortunate he wasn\u2019t able to play in the NCAA tournament for his senior season,\u201d said Grand Valley coach Ric Wesley. \u201cLooking back, I was happy with our season, but the way we finished and some of the ups and downs we went on, I wasn\u2019t as satisfied as I thought it could have been,\u201d Ringler said. \u201cWe had some losses with injuries and ups and downs but responded well to those things. I\u2019m proud of some of the things we accomplished but feel maybe we could have played better at certain times.\u201d Highlights for the season included victories over Findlay and Great Lakes Conference champion Ferris State, plus sweeping the Upper Peninsula teams. \u201cThat\u2019s one of the things we hadn\u2019t done in the last two years,\u201d Ringler said. On the court, his role didn\u2019t change too much, Ringler indicated. \u201cIt was pretty similar to what it\u2019s been the past couple of years,\u201d he said. \u201cBut as far as trying to take more of a leadership role as a senior and fifth-year player and give more direction to the team that was an area I had to improve on and provide more leadership. \u201cFrom start to finish, this was my most consistent year. The beginning of last year, I was probably playing the best I\u2019ve played. Then I kind of faded a bit as the season went on. From start to finish, this was probably my most consistent year of playing a high level of basketball. I felt that I shot the 3-points a lot better. Just analyzing the game and seeing who was going to be open before they were getting open and making the right decisions on what to do with the ball and where we need to go with the ball at certain times ... I felt I took a step forward at that time.\u201d Looking back, as he graduated from high school and pursued a college basketball career, Ringler figures that he \u201cexceeded my expectations. Coming in, I knew the program was in a good position and was doing well. I didn\u2019t know what my role would be. I wanted an opportunity and whatever happened would happen. I accomplished everything I could have hoped to accomplish. I was hoping for a chance to play.\u201d In Ringler\u2019s first three seasons, the Lakers had qualified for the NCAA tournament. \u201cIt was definitely disappointing not making it back to the NCAA tournament,\u201d he said. \u201cWe had a very similar team to last year when we made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. To come back and not qualify and not feel we left our best effort out was disappointing. We didn\u2019t do enough things to deserve to play in it.\u201d Ringler has a year left to graduate with a finance and accounting degree. \u201cI\u2019m not sure what the future holds,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ll finish with my degree and then we\u2019ll see. I\u2019m excited.\u201d As for basketball, \u201cI considered possibly playing overseas,\u201d Ringler said. \u201cIt\u2019s something I thought about my whole time here. I\u2019m definitely going to stay and get my degree. I\u2019m sure I\u2019ll still play in some summer leagues, open gyms and things like that.\u201d A four-year varsity player at Grand Valley, Ringler was a McDonald\u2019s All-American nominee as a senior and an all-stater. The Coyotes were 41-6 in the last two years of his prep career. He redshirted his first year at Grand Valley.