Alan Arnett has been a member of three college basketball programs since graduating from Kokomo High School in 2009. While admittedly not the easiest path to take, Arnett wouldn’t change a thing.
He’s played for programs in three different states at three different levels, beginning at NCAA Division I IPFW before transferring after one year to Kankakee Community College. After a solid season at the junior college, Arnett found himself at NCAA Division II Georgia Southwestern University. He is in his second season at the school.
“It’s been a long journey and there have been a lot of bumps and curves,” Arnett said, “but it feels good. Everything happens for a reason and it’s a blessing to be where I’m at right now.”
Arnett is Georgia Southwestern’s leading scorer, while he also draws the opposing team’s best perimeter player on defense. The Hurricanes (16-5 overall, 8-4 Peach Belt Conference) have been ranked as high as 18th this season in the national Division II rankings, and are currently just outside of the top-25.
While a senior, Arnett hopes this isn’t his last year of competitive basketball. He hopes to play overseas in the future, but first wants one more season at Georgia Southwestern.
Arnett is in the process of petitioning the NCAA to gain another year of eligibility. He redshirted during his season at IPFW, but the NCAA doesn’t have the necessary paperwork on file. Arnett and IPFW will both have to file statements to the NCAA in the process.
“My advisor said I have a pretty good chance of getting that year back, it’s just a matter of what the coaches at IPFW are going to do and if they’re willing to help me out,” Arnett said.
If granted another year of eligibility, Arnett said he intends to remain at Georgia Southwestern.