There is no truth to the rumor that Columbia City is altering its basketball uniforms to the colors of green and black this winter, but it might not be a bad idea. For the third time this year, the Eagle basketball program is sending an athlete to Huntington University.
Senior playmaker Derek Hinen has signed to play for the Foresters beginning next fall.
"In signing Derek we are adding to what is shaping up to be a fantastic 2013 recruiting class,” Huntington coach Ty Platt said in a release.
Hinen joins Eagle teammates Drew Benedict and Daniel Woll, who each committed to the Foresters earlier this fall.
Hinen has been a critical component for the 4-0 Eagles this season. After earning Honorable Mention All-Conference honors as a freshman, the 6-foot-2 point guard will likely earn his third consecutive first team selection at the conclusion of his prep career.
“His toughness, intelligence and talent make him a perfect fit for our our basketball program," Platt said. "Derek will have a great career as a Forester."
As a junior, Hinen led his team in scoring (15 points per game), assists (4 assists per game) and field goal percentage (50.8 percent). For his career to date, the two-time IBCA All-State Underclassmen pick is averaging 9.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
Hinen is a four-year starter for the Eagles and is on pace to go down in the Columbia City record books for most games played in a career. His talents have also landed him an invitation to the IBCA Top 100 Underclassman Workout for three straight seasons.
“Derek is a special player," Platt said. "He can handle the ball, makes great decisions, can score in a variety of ways and is a leader."