Jason Whitens of North Central plans visit to Green Bay before deciding on where he'll play basketball in the fallBasketball  |
Powers – Jason Whitens has done just about all a high school athlete can do in the games of basketball and football, under the circumstances.
The face of the Powers North Central programs in both sports the last three seasons, Whitens played a major role in the school’s two eight-player football titles in 2015 and 2016, and the school’s Class D basketball championships each of the past three seasons.
Now he has to make a decision. Whitens has many options but he recently narrowed them to one sport. He has decided not to play football in college, as least in the near future, and concentrate on basketball.
“I want to see how good I can be when I concentrate on just one sport,” he said.
Had Whitens chosen football over basketball it’s likely he would have played at the Division II level, at a school like Ferris State for example.
He has received scholarship offers from Division II schools including Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan but it’s possible he’ll attend a Division I program.
Michigan State and Central Michigan have offered him to enroll in school as a preferred walk-on. This week he has planned a visit to Wisconsin-Green Bay, which is located about 90 miles from his home in the Upper Peninsula.
Whitens is 6-5 and weighs 210 pounds. He played a number of positions for coach Adam Mercier including point guard. He averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
Whitens is not expected to make a decision soon. After his visit to Green Bay he said he will discuss his options with his parents before deciding.