Homestead will bring back some big time scorers that get a lot of mainstream attention because of the numbers they put up, but area experts agree that a hidden gem of the success of the Spartan program was and will be post Alec Grinsfelder.
Grinsfelder’s numbers actually weren’t so low as the fourth leading scorer at 6.5 points per game, the second leading rebounder at 4.8 per game and the leader in filed goal percentage, hitting at a 57 percent clip during the 2018-2019 season. And it is that field goal percentage that partially shows Grinsfelder’s worth. During a five win stretch in December that lead through Homestead’s SAC Holiday Tournament title, Grinsfelder posted games where his field goal percentage was at 75, 71, 80, 67 and 60 percents; shooting the ball between three and seven times in those games. Homestead doesn’t necessarily focus on getting the ball to the post, but when they did Grinsfelder was physical enough to score strong and smart enough to know when he wasn’t going to. Grinsfelder’s two highest scoring games (14 against Canterbury and 16 against Concordia) were also his two best shooting games at 86 and 88 percent respectively.
At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Grinsfelder is smaller than a traditional post, but the SAC and much of the area lack dominating size this season which will play to Grinsfelder’s favor as he has worked to become a stronger rebounder over the summer with increased mobility.
“Strong, physical player who does the little things to make our team successful. Plays hard all the time,” says Homestead coach Chris Johnson of Grinsfelder.