Bodie Hume Proving Them Wrong
Folks in the know about small school sports in Colorado chuckle a bit when they hear that Bodie Hume had a “bust out” summer. Not because he had a bust out summer but because they have known about Hume for a long time and are surprised that is has taken this long for him to get his recognition.
Hume was instrumental in helping Sterling win the 3A state title last year and averaged 15 ppg and 5 rebounds a game doing so. He was also selected to various post season teams and selected to play in an all-star game. The now 6’7 wing/forward was about to make a name for himself on the club basketball circuit. After a phone call from his uncle sparked the interest of the Colorado Hawks, Hume was soon headed to play on one of the nations top shoe circuits. The Adidas Gauntlet.
What did Hume think about the Gauntlet? “I knew we would play higher competition than 3A basketball but I didn’t imagine playing as many top 100 kids as we did, every team in the gauntlet this spring had top 100 kids,” he said. Hume did more than hold his own and was as tough as the rock hard sod of Eastern Colorado. It didn’t take that long for Hume to get adjusted to the new level of play and once it kicked in, he was terrific. Starting in Atlanta at the Adidas Finals.
“I haven’t worried much about colleges but more along the lines of just having fun playing the game with a great team,” he said. And have fun he did, a stellar performance at the Mullens High Profile Event knocking down 3 after 3 and grabbing a couple of spectacular put back dunks kept grabbing the attention of college coaches. The long forward backed up his Mullens performance by averaging 13 points a game to go along with getting work done on the boards at the Summer Championships. He netted seven more scholarship offers during and after Las Vegas. “It was a great experience getting those offers. It’s been a little overwhelming at the moment but it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. There is no clear leader at the moment and no official visits have been set.
His offer lists include:
D2 – UCCS and Nebraska Kernany
D1- Northern Colorado, Air Force, DU, Mercer, UNC Greensboro, Nebraska-Omaha, Pepperdine, and Utah State.
Hume won’t be the first D1 basketball player from Sterling. Sterling graduate Xavier Talton was a key player for the University of Colorado not that long ago. “X was a big influence for all athletes in the town of Sterling. They didn’t make a harder worker in the town than Xavier Talton,” he said.
Hume personifies the hard work attitude that is prevalent on the eastern plains. There wasn’t one player or one play that he backed down from. The three-sport athlete said ” I absolutely love it (being from Sterling) because it helps show what these small towns bring to the table in sports. And that some of these schools should look in some small towns for athletes that can compete with the best.”