SPIRE Institute and Academy (IA) is dedicated to the success of our students, and we are proud to announce three post graduate basketball students have recently committed to the next stage of their journeys: college level basketball.
Kevin Martinez—Providence University College
Point guard Kevin Martinez joined SPIRE mid-season and immediately gained acceptance with his teammates. According to Coach Gravelle Craig, Kevin’s acceptance into Providence University College in Manitoba, Canada, was not surprising. “Kevin works hard and plays hard. He’s a great teammate who always does a great job on the court and off. He’s going to be successful no matter what he does.”
Kevin is going to focus on earning his Bachelor of Business Administration, with a minor in Psychology, while playing for the Pilots. He is excited to be taking his next steps, explaining, “I am extremely grateful and super excited to play for Providence’s well-rounded, remarkable basketball program. My goal is to win a National Championship, and I cannot wait to get in the gym and get to work with the team. Go Pilots!”
Marcus Johnson—Parkland Community College
COVID has heavily impacted many young athletes, and Marcus was no exception. The pandemic limited exposure to decision makers, and while Coach Craig feels that Marcus is talented enough to qualify for a Division I scholarship, Marcus has decided to play one more year before being re-recruited. He is excited to join Parkland Community College in Illinois, where he will look to continue to hone his skills and continue his development from SPIRE to make the next step in his journey.
Wesley Ankomah—South Georgia Technical College
Wesley Ankomah has committed to South Georgia Technical College, where he will play for the Jets. Significant injuries this past season kept Wesley from being able to fully showcase his talents in front of decision makers, but he is now completely recovered and looking forward to his future. He plans to use this upcoming year to continue his studies and his training for re-recruitment opportunities in the future.
The SPIRE Difference: Post Graduate Basketball Programs
SPIRE post graduate basketball programs offer students a much better chance to excel in their sport prior to being accepted into college, and the opportunity to be seen by some of the most influential decision makers in the college world.
Graduating senior athletes use this gap year to help them improve technically, mature athletically, and ready themselves for competition at their desired level. SPIRE post graduate programs offer an additional year of training and college preparation to help players build the independence they need in college, hone their skills on the court and off, and continue their education.
Coach Craig encourages post graduate athletes to consider spending their gap year at SPIRE. “I run my programs at college levels,” he explains. “I want these athletes to get used to college level prep, training, practice and even pre-game activities. SPIRE gives these athletes the advantages they need to succeed at the college level, including the opportunities for exposure in the competitive college basketball world.”
He goes on to say, “SPIRE is the best situation for post graduates. You will get better if you’re willing to put in the hard work; SPIRE offers everything else you need. From the world-class facilities to the talented, experienced staff and coaches and well-rounded training programs, we provide athletes with the foundation for success. All you need to bring is your motivation and willingness to work hard to make your future dreams a reality.”