Posted On: 02/20/18 1:21 PM

Recently, 6-foot combo-guard Avery Carlsen reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career. A testament to his skill and ability to get buckets in bunches.  

But, it’s not just his scoring prowess that sets him apart; in fact, it’s his defense that he considers his strength.

“Probably one of my biggest strengths is my defense. I average around four steals per game. Our team really feeds off defense,” said Carlsen.

“I’m pretty quick side-to-side and up-and-down the court, so I like to turn my guy and work them back-and-forth.”

The Bear Lake senior broke his foot in the fall playing football, and missed the first 10 games of the season. Since he’s been back, he’s been averaging 13 points and four steals per game.

“I started the season a little slow, just trying to get back from injury,” said Carlsen. “I just need to go out and play to the best of my ability and look to score when I need to, and find my teammates when I need to.”

As for his recruitment, he’s got some NAIA and JuCo schools showing interest. And the two-way standout says JuCo might be the best option for him.

“Park University’s (MO) head coach is running some numbers for me, and I’ve talked to a lot of junior colleges and NAIA schools, places like that. There’s a JuCo in Montana that’s really interested. I’ve talked to Snow, and there’s a lot of NWAC schools that I’ve talked to,” said Carlsen.

“Of course, I’d love to play college ball. One of my biggest weaknesses is I only weigh 150 pounds, and I think that the JuCo route could be a good route for me to improve my strength the next two years.”