Fresh off a championship run at the Mullen’s High Profile Tournament, Sam Masten a 6’3 guard returned to his home and committed to the University of Northern Colorado Men’s Basketball program Monday morning. His accolades and accomplishments are numerous at the high school level. Masten is an All State and All Conference guard. That as a junior led the Rock Canyon Jaguars to the school’s first league championship and first ever 5A final four appearance. He is without a doubt one of the top guards in the state and is an important contributor for his club team the Colorado Hawks.
The lanky guard is excited to be a part of a program on the rise. ” I want people to get excited about basketball at UNC again. They were a tournament team six years ago, and I feel like the program isn’t far from reaching that level again,” he said from Las Vegas as his Hawks prepare for the start of the Adidas Summer Championships tomorrow.
“It feels really good. It’s a big relief off my shoulders because now I can just go play you know. It’s something I don’t have to stress about and focus so much on,” said Masten of his commitment. It wasn’t an easy choice though for the left handed guard though. He had an offer from Air Force and considerable interest from some schools like Idaho State and Dartmouth among others.
“It was a very tough decision. I got to meet a lot of great coaches and programs. Whenever you feel like you’re ready, you just start thinking about so many different aspects. Then you begin to overthink it. I talked with my parents and Coach Grams (the head coach at Rock Canyon) a lot, and they supported me with whatever I wanted and so ultimately I was comfortable with my decision,” he said.