Former Flushing High School standout Ricky Rowse is listed on the Central Michigan men’s basketball roster.
Rowse spent a year at a prep school after graduating from Flushing, then played a season at Wayne State and attempted to walk on at Central previously before landing at Mott. He played on Mott’s national runner-up squad in 2010-11.
I was just starting covering basketball in the Flint area when Rowse was wrapping up his high school career, and I know playing Division I basketball has been a goal of his, so good on him for getting the opportunity at CMU. Adam Biggers of the Flint Journal wrote about Rowse when he was playing for Mott:
After spending time as a member of Wayne State’s basketball team two years ago and walking on at Central Michigan last season, Rowse is OK with his behind-the-scenes role on a junior college squad.
In fact, he’s humbled to be part of a team that has a realistic chance of heading to Danville, Ill. for the NJCAA Division II national championship in March.
“It’s good to be on a winning team, I’ve never been on a team like this that consistently wins,” said Rowse. “It’s a lot better being a contributor on a winning team than just being, you know, the man, on a losing team.”
Rowse brings a veteran-feel to the Bears’ locker room and Schmidt wants to utilize it.
“I’d like to take advantage of his experiences at those different programs,” said (Mott coach Steve) Schmidt. “I’d like for him to give us a more mature perspective, and at the end of the day, continue to knock down shots. We’re going to need him for the stretch run.”
Rowse is known for his perimeter shooting, so if he’s going to earn minutes at CMU, you can bet that’s how he’ll do it.