Matt Grottke is listed at 6-foot-2, but he plays much bigger. The Neillsville High School senior is the No. 1 rebounder in the Cloverbelt Conference (15 per game) and No. 2 scorer (17.4 ppg).
He was an honorable mention selection in basketball last year and a second-team all-Cloverbelt selection on the defensive line in football.
Grottke was also a state quaiflier in the shot put last spring.
You rank in the top three in two of the three main statistical categories in the conference. What does that mean to you? It’s pretty cool to be up there because we have a good conference, but I’m there because of my teammates. They push me every day in practice and help me perform to the best of my ability.
The team is right in the conference race, one game back from the leaders. What do you and your teammates need to do to be in the running at the end of the regular season? We turn the ball over way too much and we haven’t been playing full games. We have to work on taking better care of the ball and learn to play four good quarters.
What is the most important aspect of being a good post player? You have to always be focused and see the floor. You need to know when to put the ball up and when to kick it out to the outside. You have to be able to feed the ball to your teammates from the post.
What athlete would you like to have lunch with and what would you talk about? I’d want to sit down with Michael Jordan and learn about what made him want to be so good for so lone. I’d ask him how he thought he stayed so productive for so many years.
What are you plans for next year? I’m not sure. I don’t know if I’ll play any sports and I’m not sure where I’m going to college. I haven’t applied anywhere yet, so I have to get on that.