Eisenhower’s got next at Impact [Basketball]

June 28, 2013

Hunter Eisenhower of Palmer doesn’t just want to play college basketball.

He wants to play at the highest level.

And although he isn’t ready now, he will be after he finishes a seven-month training program at the prestigious Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

The 18-year-old all-state two-guard will enroll this fall, following in the footsteps of other Alaska players who turned their dream into a reality.

“Going D1 is my dream and I know going to Impact is going to give me my best shot,” he told me.

Eisenhower, of Colony High fame, averaged 14 points, six rebounds and three assists as a senior with the Knights, earning second team all-state honors among coaches.

The 6-foot-5 shooter received interest from smaller D1 schools and offers from JCs, but he wasn’t interested.

He wants to try his luck with Impact, a basketball factory known for producing college-ready players. The 2013-14 schedule has Impact playing prominent prep schools like Oak Hill and Findlay.

It’ll be the challenge of a lifetime for Eisenhower, but he’s ready.

“This is what I want to do,” he said. “I’m excited.”

Other Alaskans that went to Impact onto D1 teams include Anchorage all-stars Devon Bookert [Florida State], Ryden Hines [Iona], Colter Lasher [Houston Baptist].

The organizers at Impact never promised a D1 scholarship, Eisenhower said, just the opportunity and exposure to make it happen.

“It all depends how hard you work, if you have that potential,” Eisenhower said. “I think the reason that Alaska has such a good track record with Impact and D1s is because all the players that went there, they were all legit D1 players. They have the body, they have the skill.

“But really I think Impact just puts in a position to be successful, but I think it all comes down to how hard you work. Being in the gym that much, it’s kind of hard not to get better or whatever. If you have the potential, you can get there.”