Men’s basketball transfer sophomore breaks block record

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Basketball player Alex Sorenson (’18) broke the men’s basketball single-season block record at North Central in his first season for the Cardinals after transferring from Northern Michigan University.

The previous block record was held by Louis Davis, who recorded 45 blocks in the 2000-01 season.
“(Breaking the block record) was awesome,” Sorenson said. “As I got closer, one of my coaches mentioned it to me, but it was not something I set out to do.”

Sorenson may have broken the single-season block record this season, but he has a bigger goal in mind for the rest of this season, and for the years to come.“Winning a national championship isn’t too far out of reach,” said Sorenson. “Next year we’ll be bringing a lot of guys back, so winning a championship next year would be the goal.”

Sorenson started out at Northern Michigan University, but decided to transfer to North Central.

“North Central is the place I’ve been around the past four years, and my brother went here,” said Sorenson. “I wasn’t enjoying Michigan and I wanted to be closer to home, so North Central was an easy choice for me.”

Going to the much larger Northern Michigan University was appealing to Sorenson at the time.

“One of their coaches called me and had me come up there for a visit,” said Sorenson. “A lot of other schools I visited were smaller schools, but they had about 10,000 students. When I was up there it seemed like an adventure worth giving a shot.”

NMU is a D-II school, while NCC is D-III, but other than school size, the two divisions are not all that different.

According to Sorenson, “There’s not as much of a difference as everyone thinks,” adding, “The biggest difference is that guys are a little more athletic; there aren’t as many guys at D-III that are 6’9 with a 40 inch vertical.”

It is also worth noting that Alex is not the first Sorenson to be a North Central athlete; his older brother, Pete Sorenson (’15), was a standout football player at North Central.

“It’s kind of cool to be able to follow in his footsteps a little bit,” said Sorenson.

Sorenson hopes to have success similar to his brother’s during his time at North Central. He’s already been unanimously voted to the All-CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) First Team, and though he now owns the record for the most blocks in a single-season, he’ll be looking to break it again next year.

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Anthony La Parry is a Contributing Writer for the Chronicle/NCClinked.

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