October 20, 2015
After emerging as a key player last season while leading Cedar Rapids Jefferson in scoring, rebounding, and assists, Adam Van Oort heads into his senior season with some serious interest from area Division III and NAIA programs.
“A few schools have shown a lot of interest; Coe, Buena Vista, Grand View, St. Mary (KS), and Mount Mercy,” said Van Oort. “The coaches have been texting me and calling a lot. I just took a visit to Coe, and I’m planning on taking a visit to Buena Vista later this month.”
The 6-foot-5 wing spent his summer playing with Iowa Dynasty, and his guard skills were something he worked hard to improve.
“My coach had me playing point guard and I thought I played that position really well, even though I’m 6’5 I can handle the ball pretty well, and I’m a good passer. I thought I really improved my ball-handling and my shooting, especially my 3-point shooting, I’m getting a lot more consistent than I was last year,” said the versatile senior.
“I really like to score in transition, so whenever we can run, I like that. And then 3-point shooting is one of my strengths. And defensively, I like to get into passing lanes and get steals that way. I do still need to work on my on-the-ball defense, and then making sure I always have my eyes on the ball and my man.”
With his senior season just weeks away, Van Oort will move into a leadership role this season with the J-Hawks, who will look to improve upon a one win season.
“I’ll probably be more of a leader this year than I was last year. I’ll have to score more and take control, and just make my teammates better,” said Van Oort.
“We had a really good summer, and we look a lot better. We had some guys really improve from last year, and we also have a couple guys that were ineligible last year that could play this year so that will help a lot. I think we’ll definitely compete a lot more than we did last year.”