Conor Voss is spending the weekend at Columbia University in New York. Next weekend, the St. Cloud Cathedral senior takes another basketball recruiting visit, this time to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
Most call that place MIT.
After that, there’s a trip to Davidson College, a private school of 1,700 located just north of Charlotte, N.C. The Wildcats have made five NCAA Tournament appearances since 2002.
It’s nice to be 7 feet tall and smart. Voss is both. He has a 4.08 grade-point average and wants to be an engineer.
“I’m really looking at schools that are good on academics as well as athletics,” Voss said.
He also has considered basketball scholarship offers from Holy Cross, Seattle and North Dakota and is receiving recruiting interest from Texas-Arlington and Rice.
All that is not bad for someone who played in a grand total of two varsity games last December before hurting his left knee in Bemidji. It put him on crutches and then in a knee brace until the spring. But the knee’s better and Voss has a good work ethic. That’s why colleges beckon.
Athletically inclined 7-footers are far from plentiful. There are no official statistics kept on the matter, but Vos is probably the first 7-footer in St. Cloud’s prep basketball history. He’s for sure the first in my 33 years in these parts.
He’s also a good story. His father, John Voss, was Cathedral’s hockey coach and a former hockey player at Hamline University. Conor Voss first got interested in basketball in the fifth grade. He was about 6 feet tall then and must have been an interesting sight on skates at the pee wee level.
Hoops was a better fit and it’s likely to lead him to a college basketball career.
Because of the injured knee, Voss missed the early part of the AAU season with the Minnesota Comets, but worked his way back into the lineup and participated in a handful of tournaments. Voss gives a load of credit to his AAU coaches, Todd Koering, Josh Hanson and Chris Lewis, for his recovery and development as a basketball player.
He also has been a diligent participant in the HEET program at the St. Cloud Orthopedic Sports Center. It has gotten him quicker, faster and stronger. He weighs 230 pounds, up about 15 from last winter, and it’s all good weight.
“I’m feeling stronger,” he said. “I’m still sore every once in a while, but I’m really positive about my recovery. My conditioning right now is really good.”
He is not sure whether he will sign an NCAA letter of intent before basketball season. He might. That’s why he is taking all the recruiting visits. He has never been out east before. Checking out New York, Boston and North Carolina intrigues.
“I would rather be committed before the (basketball) season,” Voss said. “A lot depends on how these visits go. We’ll see how it all plays out this fall.”
As for high school basketball, he is optimistic about the Crusaders’ prospects this winter. There are a lot of new faces. All-everything guard Joe Burt is at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and athletic forward Scottie Rucks is playing at St. Scholastica in Duluth.
There’s also a new head coach. Assistant Matt Meyer takes over for Nate Miller, who resigned for a position in Holdingford. Cathedral was 24-6 last season and just missed the state tournament.
“I think we should be very good this year,” Voss said. “We have a lot of good younger players back.”