January 19, 2010

Future Chippewa leads East Grand Rapids team

Playing without your starting point guard can be very tough, especially when he is very talented and arguably your second best player as is A.J. McEwen. That is what has happened this year to the East Grand Rapids and 2010 Central Michigan commit Colin Voss. Despite a rather easy win last night, EGR is just 3-6 on the season and looking to turn their season around.

"Five of our six losses we had leads going in to the fourth quarter," Voss said. "We have only lost one game, to Detroit Cody, by double digits."

Getting their point guard back will definitely help the team, especially for a big man like Voss who will benefit from a talented passer and another scoring option.

"Hopefully A.J. comes back soon, because we still feel we can have a good season and make a run in the tournament. The last thing that I want is a short postseason my senior year."

The 6-foot-8 Voss has been piling up some impressive stats this season, but that doesn't mean he doesn't think he can's raise his game a notch.

"I know I need to step up my game, especially without AJ, I need to score at least 18-20 points per game for us to beat the better teams we play."

While Colin is still very much focused on his senior season at East Grand Rapids, he has still made time to keep tabs on his future team in Mount Pleasant.

"I was able to go to the Western game at Western, and even though we lost, I thought we did a good job on (David) Kool. In talking to one of my assistant coaches at East, who played there, they needed a career game from a backup post guy to win," Voss added. "Their team has had to deal with injuries just like my high school team, but they have continued to compete and play hard, and I look forward to coming in next year and helping them out."

Voss knows he has much work to do before stepping foot on to CMU's campus next year, but he plans to be ready.

"Of course every player wants to come in right away and help, and I am going to try to be ready so I can do that. I like to think of myself as a versatile player, so I am working on my quickness, speed and ball handling. If I am being guarding by a bigger defender I can take them outside, and I'm also working on my post moves, so if I am being guarding by a smaller defender I can take him inside," said a laughing Voss. "Really I've been working on everything, because you can always get better."

The talented forward is also looking forward to making another trip to Rose Arena to watch the Chippewas play.

"I am looking forward to going up to Rose for another game. Right now, I am planning on going to the Toledo game. It's still a few weeks away, but with my high school schedule and the fact that one of my former teammates at East plays for them, that will be a good game for me to go to."

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