All the basketball commentators who seem to think the back-to-the-basket center no longer exists need to meet Alec Molter of Carroll University.
Molter, a 2010 graduate of Greenfield High School, stands 6 feet 7 inches and played center for the Pioneers this season.
He used the back-to-the-basket style and did pretty well with it, completing his Carroll career with 1,066 points and 626 rebounds.
Molter just became the 15th player in school history to hit the 1,000-point level and just the fifth to reach the double milestone of 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for his career.
"This means a lot," he said. "This makes me a part of an elite group. This is something I can look back on and be proud of for years to come."
He topped the 1,000-point mark when he tallied 15 points in a 79-75 victory over Ripon College on Feb. 5. Molter hit 7-of-11 from the field that night and also pulled down eight rebounds.
Molter among leaders
Molter played five more games after that and went on to finish 13th on Carroll's all-time scoring list and in a tie for fifth on the rebounding list.
He also was strong on defense in the post, racking up 141 blocked shots to become the Pioneers' all-time leader in that category.
Molter finished with 37 blocks this season and collected 48 blocks in the 2012-13 campaign.
Not surprisingly for someone with those kinds of statistics, Molter said his game focuses almost exclusively on the inside.
"I take inside passes, rebound and get putbacks off offensive rebounds," he said.
Jim Nowak, his high school coach at Greenfield, said, "He definitely is the classic back-to-the-basket center."
Molter, who averaged 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds this season, was teammates with former Woodland Conference rival Bryan Nagy of Whitnall High School. Nagy averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 2013-14.
The two helped Carroll take fourth place in the Midwest Conference with a 12-6 record, qualifying for the conference tournament.
The Pioneers, though, lost their first tournament game, 74-68, to St. Norbert College to finish 15-9 overall.
Nowak at ceremony
Molter enjoyed a special moment at Carroll's Senior Night, as Nowak was present at the ceremony.
"That meant a lot to me," he said. "I asked if he would be willing to come out for that game, and he said yes. He walked out on the floor with my family and me.
"He played a big role in my development as a player, and he helped me make my decision to attend Carroll. He said Carroll would be a good fit for me."
Nowak, who coached Molter in his junior and senior years at Greenfield, was happy to oblige.
"That was a true honor for me," the coach said. "(Molter) is one of the true role models and shows what Greenfield basketball is all about. He is a true leader in the classroom and on the court. When he talked, his teammates listened, and he really bought into our program.
"It was so nice to see him at that game. He has come such a long way as a player and as a person."
Qualify for NCAA
Throughout Molter's career, Carroll stayed near the top of the Midwest Conference, and his fondest moment with the team came in his sophomore season.
The Pioneers again took fourth in the regular-season standings, which is the final qualifying spot for the conference tournament.
"It was crazy," he said. "We had to do a lot of stuff to get into fourth place. Ripon had to lose two games in the final week of the season. It looked like our season was over. It all happened for us, though."
Carroll squeaked into the conference tourney and proceeded to beat regular-season champion Lake Forest and runner-up St. Norbert to claim the crown.
The Pioneers thus qualified for the NCAA Division 3 Tournament and traveled to Transylvania, Ky., for the first-round game.
They beat Transylvania on its home court but then lost to Wittenberg (Ohio) in the round of 32 to finish their season.
"That was my best memory and something I will never forget," Molter said.
Molter plans to graduate this May with a degree in business with an emphasis on marketing.
"I hope to get a sales position," he said. "I am a people person and really love interacting with people."
Both in the classroom and on the court, Molter achieved a good deal at Carroll.
- Lack of varsity experience hurt Greenfield baseball team this season
- Sports Notes: July 28, 2016
- Slow finish to season drops Whitnall baseball team to just above .500
- Greenfield baseball team's season ends at hands of New Berlin West in regional
- Whitnall baseball team posts 1-3 mark in string of close contests
- Strong pitching helps lift Greenfield baseball team to two victories in Woodland Tournament
- Greenfield's Matthias puts finishing touches on brilliant pitching career in softball
- Bauer, Cimler, Sutton teamed up to boost Whitnall softball team to new heights
- Clutch hitting helps Whitnall baseball team complete three-game Woodland sweep
- Struggles continue for Greenfield baseball team in 0-3 week