Two members of the Mid Michigan College Men’s Basketball program have recently committed to play at four-year colleges. Both student-athletes were integral pieces of the Laker’s team during the 2018-2019 season which saw the team finish with a 17-12 record and advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District 9 semifinal game.
Colin Carter (Lansing) will continue his basketball and academic career at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan beginning in the fall of 2020. The 6’7” forward was named to the 2017-18 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference All-Defense Team, and also received Honorable Mention All-Western Conference for the past two seasons averaging 7.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 1.1 blocks per game, and shooting 83% from the free throw line as a sophomore.
“I feel like Olivet will be an easy transition for me as the coaches and academic staff remind me of the culture at Mid that Coach House, the TRIO-SSS program, and Mid Michigan College professors have developed and that I’ve experienced over the past two years. Continuing on in a culture of caring for others, building lifelong relationships, and knowing there’s more to life than just basketball was important to me in my decision,” shared Carter. “Mid’s basketball program has helped me better understand the importance of preparation on the court and in the classroom. I was very blessed to be a part of Mid’s basketball program and if I could stay for four years, I would, but I am excited for the next step in my athletic and academic career at Olivet College while remaining a Laker for life!”
Cole Powell (McBain) will continue his athletic and academic career at Rochester College in Rochester, Michigan. Cole has been a leader of Mid’s Men’s Basketball program for the last three seasons. Powell was named to the 2016-17 Honorable Mention All-Western Conference by the MCCAA before being forced to sit out the 2017-2018 season due to an unfortunate injury. He went on to earn Honorable Mention All-Western Conference MCCAA honors upon his return to the court in the 2018-19 season averaging 6.8 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. Powell also served as the team captain and was an passionate leader for the Lakers.
“I chose Rochester College because of the high quality business studies program and the support system the basketball team and coaches provide. I’ve learned a great deal at Mid that has helped prepare me for this next step,” explained Powell. “What has stuck with me the most from my time at Mid is how much they have helped prepare me for the next level of leadership and improved my skills and self-motivation. The past three years at Mid with Coach House have been the best years of my life. We had our ups and downs, but in the end, we made amazing memories that I will never forget.”
The 2019-20 Mid Michigan College Men’s Basketball team looks to continue and improve upon the accomplishments of Carter, Powell, and many other former players as the team digs into preseason workouts and takes to the court for their home opener at 3pm Saturday, November 2 at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant against Alpena Community College.
“From being full-time students to attending practices and games, and from staying on top of their studies to working part-time jobs, Mid’s student-athletes go above and beyond, and all of us at Mid are proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck for bolder and brighter futures,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director.
Currently, Mid supports eight NJCAA teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s bowling.