Van Kalsbeek To Play Basketball For Red Raiders

Orange City, Iowa — Alex Van Kalsbeek of Orange City has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next fall.

The first to sign in the 2020-21 recruiting class, Van Kalsbeek is a 6’6″ wing who has lettered two years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School basketball team heading into his senior year. Van Kalsbeek averaged a team-leading 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 71% from the field. He also led the Dutch with 52 blocked shots and ranked second on the team in assists (32). Van Kalsbeek earned both first team all-conference and all-district honors and was named second team all-Northwest Iowa Review. He received the VandeBerg Award, awarded to the most valuable player, at the 2019 Northwestern basketball camp last summer. A third team all-Dakota selection as a member of the South Dakota Attack AAU team, Van Kalsbeek is the son of Kelly and Rachel.

“This is an exciting day for the Red Raider men’s basketball program,” commented Northwestern Head Coach Kris Korver. “Alex is an incredible recruit for us and has been coached well both at MOC-Floyd Valley and the South Dakota Attack. He has played at a high level against excellent competition and continues to improve his game. Alex is a versatile player who handles the ball well, can play in the open floor and has a great feel for the game. He will positively impact the game in many different ways. Alex is a great teammate and with continued hard work, has a chance to be a special college basketball player. It has been a huge blessing to coach two of Alex’s older brothers, Daniel (2013) and Justin (2017) and we now get the chance to coach and invest in Alex over the next four years.”