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Posted On: 12/22/17 6:00 AM
A 6’6 forward for top Class C contender Covenant Christian, Carson Meulenberg is a leader for his Chargers in several ways. The senior contributes on the inside, using his height and bounce to grab boards on both ends of the floor. With these same traits he can be a bother defensively, either contesting or full-on blocking opponents’ shots. Finally, his team relies on him as a scorer, a challenge which he responds well to. Watching him play in Covenant’s recent win over Byron Center, he displayed a very nice midrange jumper that fell more times than not. He also scored nearer to the rim with quite a few dunks on the night. He ended the game with 24 points, all his scoring done in the first three quarters. After the contest, I got a chance to talk to him about his game, his goals for this year, and his recruitment.
Q: “What do you think your strength is? What is the biggest thing you contribute?”
A: “Passing the ball. I like to get my teammates involved.”
Q: “Over the offseason, what was the biggest thing you were focusing on improving for this last year?”
A: “I’ll say probably shooting, trying to improve my shot around the three-point line. Maybe a little wing attacking and finishing my shot around the rim.”
Q: “If you were to describe your game or compare it to somebody in the NBA right now, who do you think it would be?”
A: “I see a tall…guy that can kick, drive, shoot a little bit, so maybe a Kristaps Porzingis.”
Then, the conversation shifted to his recruitment and goals for this year. He told me he has yet to receive an offer but is in conversations with Hope College, Calvin College, Davenport, Grand Valley State, and Cornerstone University. I next asked what type of school he thought could be a good fit for him with both academics and athletics in mind.
A: “I’m going for business, so obviously somewhere that has a good business program. Athletically, I’m just trying to find a good group of guys that I can have fun with and hang out with.”
Finally, I asked about any personal goals he had this year with the intent of following up with a team goal question. He answered both, saying:
A: “Not personally. As a team I want to go to the state finals again at the Breslin.”
He and the Chargers are on their way, currently boasting a 4-1 record with their only loss being a narrow one to Class B power Grand Rapids Catholic Central. They will be tested again soon as they face another powerhouse in Godwin Heights this Tuesday. As of now, Meulenberg is showing signs of a promising immediate future, and, potentially, a successful one beyond this season.
Highlights vs Byron Center (12/21/17)