Posted On: 05/10/18 12:00 AM
Photo Credit: JD Humburg, OregonLive
2017-18 was supposed to be one of promise for Lakeridge basketball. Unfortunately due to several circumstances, wins came by few and far between for the Pacers and senior guard Jake Fedrizzi. But through it all, the hard-nosed 5-foot-10, 175-pound guard trudged on through and now he finds himself getting set to play at the college level.
Lakeridge had hope going into the year, but injuries and the transfers of the talented Allen brothers (Immanuel and Christian) created a huge void of experience on the team. The Pacers suffered through a 16-game losing streak and only won three games total. But through the wreckage, Fedrizzi was able to step up and shine. “If (the Allen brothers) been around they would have been the two main guys,” Fedrizzi said. “But I got to showcase myself instead and it all worked out well for me.”
Playing hard every night out, Fedrizzi made the most out of the situation. One of the schools he had been in touch for awhile decided to make an offer and he’s decided it is where he’ll be playing college ball. “I’m going to be signing to play at Colorado Mesa,” Fedrizzi said. “I’ve got family in the area and the school has what I want with academics. They’ve got a new coach there and it’s all worked out.”
Fedrizzi noted that his original offer came from the old coaching staff at Colorado Mesa, but that after some discussions with the new coaching staff things are still in place for him. He’s excited about the opportunity, seeing it as a reward for the senior season he was able to put together despite the tough conditions. Division II college basketball in a league as competitive as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference will be a challenge, but Fedrizzi is ready to tackle it head on.
“I want to make a name for myself and get into the rotation as a freshman,” Fedrizzi said. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and become more of a point guard.”