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May 14, 2010

Treadway finds Grace is right fit

NW center led area in scoring, FG accuracy in 2009-10 season

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.

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