Madi Andresen signs letter with Clackamas Community College

Exciting changes are on the horizon for Madi Andresen.

With her parents, Forest Grove coach Dan Lumpkin and athletic director Doug Thompson on hand, the recent Forest Grove graduate signed her letter of intent June 13 to continue her athletic career at Clackamas Community College, where she will play basketball.

“It’s really relieving to have made my decision, but I’m super excited,” Andresen said afterward. “The girls there are super nice, and they play the type of ball that I like to play. They get up and down the court, really fast paced and aggressive. I think I’ll do pretty good there.”

Andresen picked Clackamas after a somewhat lengthy process. Willamette had also shown interest, but the Salem private school’s hefty price tag was a little bit concerning. Andresen had also heard from Clackamas, then was told a spot was no longer available.

But the Cougars eventually got back to her with a scholarship offer. So Andresen went to a second open gym with them a couple of weeks before her signing and made the decision to join the program. She expects to get a lot of her prerequisites out of the way at the school and is interested in studying pre-law and criminal justice.

Under longtime coach Jim Martineau and co-coach Kayla Steen, Clackamas has a history of junior college success. The Cougars won the 2004 NWAACC title and earned the Southern Region championship as recently as 2013. They finished last season with a 22-7 record.

It could be the perfect place for Andresen to hone her game. She joins the team as an athletic post, but given her height (5-foot-9) and Clackamas’ style of play — with four players on the perimeter and a post in the middle — a shift to the outside is a likely move.

“I think she’ll have a pretty good transition,” Lumpkin said. “She’s going to have to work on her ball-handling a little bit more. She’s going to have to improve on her shooting range, become a more consistent outside shooter, but those are a couple areas where she has greatly improved just in the last couple years.”

Indeed, Andresen did step out from the basket on occasion during her senior season to knock down shots, and the switch should bring even more versatility to her game.

“I definitely need to improve my 3-point shot and my shooting range a lot, because they mainly shoot threes and then score in the key, not mid-range,” noted Andresen, who hopes to eventually transfer to a four-year program. “So I’ll need to do that but then also I can use my post moves to my advantage on little guards.”

Andresen joins fellow seniors Kaitlin Jamieson (George Fox) and Mary Hutchins — who will remain her teammate at Clackamas — as members of this year’s graduating class who will play college basketball. Two other former teammates, Shelby Turner (Pacific, softball) and Hannah Swanson (Oregon State, golf), also will continue their athletic careers in college.

This past season, Andresen helped steer the Vikings to a 7-7 record and a fourth-place finish in the highly competitive Pacific Conference. Forest Grove finished the year at 15-11 overall and made the state playoff field for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

With her hustle, energy and work rate, Andresen had a lot to do with the team’s success. She ended the season being named an all-league honorable mention selection after earning second team honors as a junior.

Lumpkin felt that her physicality should work well at the college level.

“Her strongest area is she was always a very aggressive player, a very physical player, and that served her well in her career here. She didn’t back down from people,” Lumpkin said. “Those are things that will translate very well to the college level, where it is a more physical game.

“I think she’ll be ahead of the curve in that area.”

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