Posted On: 09/20/18 12:30 PM

Max Gerstner wanted an opportunity to showcase his game for coaches at the next level. He did that this past summer, excelling as not only a shooter, but as a playmaker.

Gerstner, a 6-foot guard from Academy of Holy Angels, spent the grassroots season with Fury and coach Kaupa and enjoyed a productive summer playing against top-level competition.

“I think the summer went well overall,” said Gerstner. “I really enjoyed playing with The Fury program and coach Kaupa. We had our ups and downs but I think everyone got a lot out of it.”

Gerstner’s long-range shooting ability was on display during the high school season. He wanted to show there’s more to his game though. And he did.

“Personally I feel like I improved as a passer and distributing to the right guy at the right time,” Gerstner said. “Knowing your personnel is always crucial. I feel like my shooting ability, decision-making, and the capability to play either guard spot make me the player I am. I’d like to improve consistency and strength and defensively.”

Gerstner’s drawn interest from local colleges about playing basketball and baseball at the next level. He’s still deciding which he’ll prioritize — though doing both remains a possibility as well.

“I plan to play in college whether it’s basketball, baseball or both,” said Gerstner. “I’ve visited both Hamline and St. Olaf and liked both a lot. I’ve been to Jamestown as well and have also been talking to Grinnell, Presentation and Viterbo.”

Holy Angels has been down in recent years and only won eight games last season. But with Gerstner and a host of talented returners along with the addition of Washburn transfer Charles Johnson, there’s cause for some optimism this winter.

“I have high expectations for the upcoming season,” Gerstner said. “Our core group is very solid and could make a deep run. The addition if Charles is very nice and I think we will complement each other very nicely in the backcourt.”