Demons’ Mike McGraw to play basketball at Colorado Christian |

Demons’ Mike McGraw to play basketball at Colorado Christian

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoGlenwood Springs High School senior Mike McGraw, left, inks his letter of intent to attend Colorado Christian University. Seated next to McGraw is GSHS boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Mike McGraw had a spring break trip planned to scope out a number of schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Once he visited Colorado Christian University, he nixed those plans. He knew he wanted to make the Lakewood school his collegiate home.

“After I went to CCU, I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” said McGraw, presently a senior at Glenwood Springs High School. “The coaching staff there was really nice, really welcoming. More so, even than that, was the players. When I went down and played there, they made me feel really important.”

CCU is getting one of the more prolific scorers on the Western Slope.

With a polished outside shot and an ability to knife through the lane for easy buckets, McGraw averaged 18 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.7 assists a night for the Demons in 2011-12.

Listed at 6-foot-3 on Glenwood’s roster, McGraw logged minutes at both guard and forward. He said he’ll probably play mostly the guard positions at the college level.

Early in high school, McGraw had his sights set on a soccer scholarship.

“I talked to a lot of soccer coaches my sophomore and junior year,” he said. “I always thought that’s what I’d do.”

As his basketball game rounded into shape, so did his interest in playing hoops in college.

“I always thought I’d do soccer until Coach Cory [Hitchcock] showed up, and Coach [Greg] Hire helped me out a lot,” McGraw said, referencing the boys basketball program’s current and former head coaches. “From then on, I kind of knew I wanted to play basketball.”

McGraw said he’ll pursue a health science major at CCU, with hopes of one day becoming a physical therapist.

“They have a good medical program down there,” he said.

And a basketball program that McGraw believes is a solid fit. He’s certainly at peace with his choice – and happy to have it all settled.

“Senioritis was killing me, and then I realized how much work it is to figure out where I wanted to go – all the research and emails,” he said. “Once I knew, it was a huge weight off my chest, and it made it even better that I was really happy with my decision.”

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