Ster­ling stand­out nets D-I of­fers

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man

Bodie Hume is blow­ing up.

The Ster­ling stand­out, who led the Tigers to the Class 3A state cham­pi­onship as a ju­nior last win­ter, played club bas­ket­ball for the first time this sum­mer with the tal­ent-rich Colorado Hawks 17-U team.

Be­fore July, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing had only one col­lege of­fer, from Di­vi­sion II Ne­braska-kear­ney. But over the course of the past month, Hume re­ceived of­fers from 10 Di­vi­sion I schools — North­ern Colorado, Air Force, Den­ver, Mercer, North Carolina Greens­boro, Ne­braska Omaha, Pep­per­dine, Utah State, Dart­mouth and San Fran­cisco — be­fore de­cid­ing to stay in the state with a re­cent ver­bal com­mit­ment to North­ern Colorado.

“We went 6-0 in Wi­chita at the Jerry Mullen High Pro­file Tour­na­ment, and we won that, and then we went 4-1 at the Adi­das Fi­nale,” Hawks coach Simeon Bod­die said. “We played in front of about 300 col­lege coaches at some of those games, and that’s when Bodie re­ally got put on the map. When you have a run like we did, go­ing 14-2 in the month against top-flight com­pe­ti­tion while he av­er­aged about 13 points a game, it just blew him up.”

Hume will join Hawks team­mate Sam Mas­ten in Gree­ley in 2018. The Rock Canyon guard also com­mit­ted to UNC this sum­mer.

Those two are the tip of the ice­berg when it comes to the over­all tal­ent in the Hawks pro­gram, which helped Hume quickly ac­cli­mate to the na­tion­ally elite com­pe­ti­tion the team faced on the Adi­das Gaunt­let cir­cuit.

“It’s helped my growth as a player and a leader, as well as be­ing able to fill a role on the team where you’re not nec­es­sar­ily ‘the guy’ on the court,” Hume said. “That’s helped me men­tally and phys­i­cally with my game, and it’s grown my con­fi­dence as well.”

And while Hume is fo­cused on get­ting ready to play quar­ter­back for the Tigers’ foot­ball team this fall, his ded­i­ca­tion to bas­ket­ball is not lost on any­one who has seen him im­prove his skills the past few months.

“Of­fen­sively, he can do it all now,” said Ster­ling boys bas­ket­ball coach Mike Hol­loway. “He’s ver­sa­tile in the sense that he’s im­proved his three-point shoot­ing tremen­dously, and he can put the ball on the floor. He’s got a bit of a midrange game, and he’s ath­letic enough to take the ball in­side and dunk.”

Sev­eral other highly touted Hawks have yet to com­mit, in­clud­ing 17-U/den­ver East se­nior Daylen Kountz, who has re­ceived Di­vi­sion I of­fers from the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado, Colorado State, DU, Wi­chita State and East Carolina, as well as 16-U/smoky Hill stand­out Kenny Foster, who has re­ceived in­ter­est from UNC, San Fran­cisco, Yale, CU and Air Force.

As for Hume, he re­mains in­tent on prov­ing his per­for­mance this sum­mer is only a base­line for where he hopes to take his game.

“I know I had a good sum­mer, and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made on the court,” Hume said. “I also know I’ve got a long way to go to reach my ceil­ing.”

Kyle New­man: 303-954-1773 knew­man@den­ver­ or @Kyle­new­mandp

Ken Mc­dow­ell, Ster­ling Jour­nal-ad­vo­cate

Ster­ling’s Bodie Hume saw his stock rise af­ter play­ing club bas­ket­ball for the first time this sum­mer.

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