Kokomo — For the past two seasons, Jared Treadway has made a living on the basketball court by consistently getting open and scoring high-percentage shots.
When it came to picking a college, Treadway sank another open layup.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound post player signed to play at Grace College Thursday. The school was the right fit for him academically, athletically and spiritually.
“I liked the campus — by a lake, a very beautiful campus, spread out,” Treadway said. “Some of the teachers I met there were interested in my education, helping me out.”
Treadway plans to study education with a plan to teach and coach in the future. He’s getting a partial athletic scholarship from the school. The team was also in his comfort zone.
“I really liked the buildings, the gym, and I also liked the players,” he said. “Spiritually, we’re set on the Lord, trying to focus on playing together for him.”
As a senior, Treadway connected on 72.4 percent of his shots from the field while leading the Kokomo Tribune area in scoring at 18.8 points per game. He added 7.4 rebounds. In his junior season, he shot 65 percent from the field. Both seasons he led the area in field-goal percentage.
Treadway was on this season’s Tribune All-Area first team.
“He always plays within himself, he’s very much a team player,” said Grace coach Jim Kessler, who is embarking on his 35th season guiding the Lancers. “He made a lot of improvement this last year with good coaching. We use our post players a lot and I just thought he had a really good upside that would be a good fit for us.”
Kessler said that he thinks Treadway will continue to improve at Grace. He noted that while Treadway doesn’t create his own shot, he gains the trust of his teammates by finishing well and dishing off alert passes.
The Lancers are brewing a strong team. The Mid-Central Conference team was 17-16 last season after two straight years reaching the final eight in the NAIA Division II national tournament.
They have size, boasting three players 6-11 or taller, and they have an influx of young talent. North Miami standout Greg Miller will be a freshman and Rochester’s Bruce Grimm is transferring in for his sophomore season.
“I know next season is going to be a really good season. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be a challenge,” Treadway said. He’s preparing for the transition.
“A lot of people who adjust to that level say the intensity and speed is going to be a big difference, and also strength, so I’ve got to get a lot stronger.”
Treadway suffered a broken arm during football season. He recovered enough to join the basketball team after missing just the opening game, and was cleared to lift weights in March.
Even though he was still on the mend during basketball season, Treadway impressed Kessler during games as a senior at Northwestern, and in a scrimmage with Grace players.
“I think between Greg and Jared, that four position [power forward] is up for grabs,” Kessler said. “Our goal is to put together a really strong and deep team. We play a lot of people. Our conference is pretty brutal. We are looking to have a really strong team in the next three to four years.”
He expects Treadway to be a strong addition.
“I just think he’s a terrific Christian young man,” Kessler said. “That’s the kind of guy we’re looking for. He’ll be a terrific fit for our team. He’ll look good in red!”