Lauwers finds time to hoop it up (Basketball)

August 1, 2010
Colton Lauwers

Anchorage’s Colton Lauwers earned his stripes early at Adams State College, winning the starting job at point guard for the men’s basketball team as a freshman.

But that didn’t earn him any luxuries when he got home.

“I had to get a job,” he told me.

So is the life of a 19-year-old, although his summer has been anything but ordinary.

Lauwers, of Dimond High fame, is juggling his job at the batting cages, his starting job with the Dimond American Legion baseball team and his obligation to do his job when it comes to individual training.

“Coach (Louis Wilson) gave us a summer workout program and I’ve been in the gym as much as I can,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get in as much work as I can to get ready for the season.”

In between jump shots, Lauwers enjoyed a player-of-the-year season on the diamond. He was named the MVP of the Alaska Legion regular-season and state tournament for the victorious Post 21 Lynx.

Yet his focus is still basketball.

The 6-foot-3 former Alaska player of the year started 15 of 26 games at Adams State College, a NCAA Division II school in Colorado.

He averaged modest numbers in 16 minutes per game. More importantly, he kept the starting job after winning the position at the start of conference play.

“I’m not trying to do too much,” he said. “I don’t really try to score too much … we’ve got some guys out there on the floor that can score a lot more than me. I just focus on winning, distributing and shooting the ball when I can.”

Hopefully, the Grizzlies can turn around last year’s 8-19 struggles.

“I know we have the talent to win,” he said. “We just need to put it all together.”

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