Posted On: 11/27/17 12:04 PM
After piecing together one of the best junior seasons of anyone in the state last season, Clear Lake 6-foot-1 point guard Zach Lester went into his 17U offseason with a head full of steam.
He carried that momentum through the offseason, and on more than one occasion had us writing about him. And the college coaches starting taking notice, too.
“After my AAU season I had a couple JuCo and NAIA schools talk to me, and a couple D2s. It’s been like Grand View, NIACC, Coe, Briar Cliff, schools like that have been texting me,” said Lester.
The quick and athletic guard is also a standout on the gridiron, and NIACC has actually offered him a football scholarship.
“I haven’t completely decided if I’m going to play football or basketball yet in college,” said Lester. “They’re both my main sports, and I’m getting looked at for both.”
Lester says JuCo could be a good option for him basketball-wise.
“I think JuCo could be a good thing, just two years of practically free college and then see of you can go to a bigger college after that. So, I think JuCo could be a good option.”
Last winter, Lester averaged 20.6 points per game on 53 percent shooting and 41 percent from deep. He also passed out 5.0 assists and a swiped a whopping 3.6 steals per game,
This season, he’s hoping to do much the same, while leading his Lions to a conference title, maybe more.
“We lost a lot of guys, so we have a lot of young guys this year. We have a very athletic team and we have a 6’6 post, so if we can get him the ball, we’ll be good,” said Lester.
“We really just want to win a conference championship this year. It’d be awesome to make it to “The Well,” but we’re just trying to win a conference championship, and we’ll take it from there.”
As for his recruitment, he still has the next several months to generate some college interest. It’ll come down to whichever school or sport gives him the most.
“I do want to stay relatively close to home,” said Lester, “And it kind of depends on what school can give me the most money.”