Back On Track

East Mississippi power forward Colin Borchert (6-8, 225) has 19 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday afternoon, but Indian Hills duo of Jameel McKay (16 points, 14 rebounds) and D.J. Bennett (16 points, 9 rebounds) lead the Warriors to a win at the National Junior College Tournament.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Colin Borchert's season ended on Wednesday, but the young man from Arizona had a great year in Scooba, Mississippi revitalizing his career.

Borchert (6-8, 225) had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Indian Hills downed Eastern Mississippi 79-70 in consolation round of the National Junior College Tournament at the Sports Arena.

He did so with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and many other college coaches looking on.

"This was a great year for us as a team and a great year for me as a player," Borchert said. "I think I focused, got my work in all summer and came out and had an outstanding season.

"It hurts to lose anytime," Borchert said. "But we can't hang our heads. We won our conference and made it to nationals."

Borchert was recruited out of Glendale (AZ) Mountain Ridge by such schools as USC, Kentucky, UNLV, Nebraska and California.

He took an unofficial visit as a junior to USC and planned to commit to the Trojans, but head coach Tim Floyd was let go.

"Coach Floyd and I became very good friends and still are," Borchert said. "But when he left there, things just kind of went downhill for me and I didn't take care of my business."

Xavier and South Alabama have both offered this time around while schools such as Arkansas, Gonzaga and UTEP – where Floyd is at now – have been evaluating him.

"Arkansas came through like four of five times to watch me play and it's a school that I am definitely considering," Borchert said. "Arkansas is outstanding. They have great coaches and they compete so hard. I think it would be a good fit for me."

He plans to take his time about a decision.

"I'm hoping that my play here impressed the coaches and I am planning on taking all five of my official visits," Borchert said. "I don't want to rush things."

Borchert went junior college in Arizona for a year before transferring to Eastern Mississippi and sitting out last season.

He came back to average 15.5 points and displayed the ability to both score inside and shoot it from deep.

"I have really tried to fine tune all the aspects of my game these last two seasons," Borchert said.

He played Wednesday against two other Razorback targets in Indian Hills sophomore forward D.J. Bennett (6-9, 215) and freshman forward Jameel McKay (6-8, 210).

McKay had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Bennett 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The Warriors (31-3) advance to a consolation game Friday at 11 a.m. against either the College of Southern Idaho or Three Rivers (MO) Community College.


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