Sterling standout nets D-I offers
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 email@example.com or @Kylenewmandp
Sterling’s Bodie Hume saw his stock rise after playing club basketball for the first time this summer.