Marwede to join ACC men’s hoops team

Andy Marwede was looking for a chance to play basketball at the college level.

He’ll get that chance next season and he’ll get that chance in front of his hometown crowd.

Marwede, a senior at Alpena High, was announced as part of the Alpena Community College men’s basketball team’s class for this year on Tuesday and will get a scholarship. He will sign his official letter of intent with ACC soon.

“It’s been my dream and now it’s happening. It feels good,” Marwede said. “I was really happy that I got the opportunity to play here. It’s a really good school and it’s in our community which I love.”

Marwede will join a class that’s likely to feature other local talent like his Alpena teammate Cody Tucker and Posen’s Nick Hincka. ACC’s incoming class will feature a lot of height as head coach Frank McCourt said two players coming in are 6-7 and another is 6-8. Marwede is 6-5.

In Marwede, ACC will be getting a player who isn’t afraid to step up with the game on the line and someone who established himself as a solid all-around player. Marwede led the Wildcats with 21.2 points and 11 rebounds per game this season while helping Alpena win the Big North Conference title and finish with a 20-2 record. He routinely made big shots with games hanging in the balance, rebounded well and notched a career-high 41 points against Cheboygan.

That all-around effort is just the sort of thing McCourt is looking for in recruits.

“Andy Marwede represents what we’re looking for in student athletes,” McCourt said. “He’s a good student, he’s a good basketball player, he’s clean cut, he behaves himself, goes to class and I don’t have to worry about him.”

McCourt envisions Marwede as a small forward, but said he’ll need to get quicker and stronger to adapt to the college game. McCourt saw Marwede play several times this season and was impressed by his inside-outside game and his defensive abilities.

“I think he will be a three. He’s suited to be a three. He’s big enough, strong enough and shoots well enough to be a three. I have a four (power forward) who’s already here (Stephen Shepherd),” McCourt said.

Marwede admits transitioning from high school basketball to college basketball will be tough, but he’s willing to work hard and appreciates the chance to continue his career.

“I love playing the game and doing it in front of my friends and family and the community is the best,” Marwede said. “I still need to work on some things to compete at the college level, but I’m always up for a challenge.”

James Andersen can be reached via email at sports@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.