Posted On: 01/15/18 9:54 PM
This is a big season for Steamboat Springs junior Mac Riniker, who is looking to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and join the ranks of college basketball some day.
Though playing on the Western Slope in Colorado certainly doesn’t give him any advantages in terms of recruiting, Riniker certainly isn’t wasting any of his pedigree or potential. He has made the most of the 2017-18 to this point and is looking like a potential high-level Division II, low-level or mid-major Division I prospect when it is all said and done.
Sailors head coach Michael Vandahl, who played in the RMAC, agrees.
“He’s an extremely hard worker,” Vandahl said. “In the offseason, he’s one of the most diligent guys. I played D-I and D-II basketball and he’s one of the best defensively-gifted players that I’ve ever seen. I think he’s got a lot of potential at the next level. He’s a great kid and I have the utmost respect for him.”
Mac Rinker’s older brother Ethan Riniker graduated from Steamboat Springs last season and is currently playing at Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc. At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Riniker parallels his older brother in many ways. He already has the physical potential to play college basketball and is young for his year, so he may not be done growing.
A two-way standout, Riniker plans to ramp up his club activity this year. So far in his junior season of high school basketball, Riniker is averaging 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals through 12 games. He is shooting 60 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range. He has three double-doubles on the season and owns a season high of 30 points against Fruita Monument on Jan. 13.
The Sailors (6-6, 1-0 Western Slope) will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to play Glenwood Springs.