BREMEN — One of Bremen’s best has signed on to continue his basketball career at Judson University next season.
After singing on with the Christian liberal arts university located in Elgin, Ill. last week, Lions senior Ethan Pike will play for the Eagles beginning in the winter of 2014. Judson is an NAIA school competing in the Chicagoland Athletic Conference.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to coach Ethan,” said Judson University men’s basketball coach Joel Cotton.” He has had a great high school career, and I believe his game is still improving. He is a good fit for our program, and I know that he will represent us well both on and off the court.”
Pike, a 6’4” swingman and three-year varsity player for the Lions, finished up his high school career with a 71-59 loss to two-time defending Sectional 35-champion Westview in a Class 2A tournament opener Feb. 26.
He put up 21 points in the career-ending loss to finish with 510 points in his senior season, just 18 points behind the program’s single-season scoring record of 528 set by Bill Hunter in 1973-74. With 978 points amassed over three varsity seasons, he closed just 22 points shy of breaking the 1,000-point barrier at Bremen.
Pike led the Lions with 24.28 points — including a season-high 41 in a loss at Tippecanoe Valley Feb. 12, a performance that helped him earn District I IBCA/ Subway Player of the Week honors that week — and 6.9 rebounds per game in his final year, powering Bremen to its first double-digit win campaign since 2008-09.
“Ethan’s success is a testament to hard work,” said Bremen boys basketball coach Ryan Eakins. “Basketball players are made March to October, and Ethan has put in the time necessary to develop his basketball talent into skill. He has been a leader in getting this program back to where it belongs as he put us on his back on multiple occasions on both ends of the floor. We are proud of him and wish him the best as he becomes a collegiate student-athlete. Judson University is getting a great basketball player and a quality person.”