GREENVILLE — Talent and hard work has paid off for a group of Greenville basketball players this year.
Austin Somerfield, Chris Mickey, Torrey Davis and Aaron Crebessa all have committed to play college basketball next year.
The four helped the Yellow Jackets to an impressive 19-1 regular season and an O-K White Conference title this past season.
“I’m proud of them. Majority of those guys knew as young high school players they wanted to play at the next level,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “They put the work in and I’m glad they get rewarded by getting the chance to do so.”
Somerfield will play for Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Mickey at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Davis at Lake Forest College and Crebessa at Kuyper College.
All four are excited about the chance to play in college.
Somerfield, a forward, said GVSU was the perfect fit for him.
“I loved the atmosphere of the team, how they work and the chemistry of the team,” Somerfield said. “I went and played with them a couple of times. I bonded and played well with them.”
He also liked the size of the school.
“I always wanted to go to a school with thousands and thousands of kids,” Somerfield said. “Grand Valley has that and it’s awesome.”
Mickey will play two years for GRCC and them will look to transfer to a larger school.
“I didn’t have my sights on any other school. I was one-minded in wanting to go there,” Mickey said. “I like the coaching staff. I like being in the heart of the city too.”
Mickey will be looking to improve his game over the summer.
“I need to improve my ball handling,” he said. “I need to build my body more for the college game. I need to increase my strength. I will get the chance to play right away. I will work as hard as I can to play at the next level. That is my goal.”
Davis’ college choice was also the first school he visited. Lake Forest is located north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.
“Going into this season I had not talked with any colleges,” Davis. “Their assistant coach called me and said they saw me play at an AAU tournament over the summer. I didn’t know what to expect.”
Davis is looking forward to playing at the school.
“It was always my dream to play in college. I didn’t know if it would happen,” he said. “They way we played this season helped to get the notice this year.”
Kuyper started looking at Crebessa early in the season at the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament.
“I filled out one of their recruit forms and they ended up showing up at one of our games,” Crebessa said. “They watched my progress and I kept in contact with them. I attended some open gyms and I got the word they wanted me on their team.”
Crebessa will have the chance to play point guard.
“I’ll be in a role position as a freshman,” Crebessa said. “They want be to be a true point guard and help everyone else get better.”
Haist said the success of the program this year and having four players head to college to play has increased the interest in basketball at Greenville.
“It can’t hurt to see kids be successful,” Haist said. “I do think there has been excitement it just talking about summer basketball, not just high school age, but some of the younger kids too.”