Alex Montsma (32) averaged 17 points per game as a senior. When Adam was out with the flu, Alex took over as the main scorer. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
Adam Montsma finished his Faith career with 1,624 points, good for third all-time. He was an honorable mention all-state pick, and he was selected to play in the WBCA All-Star game this summer. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2013 | 04:26 PMDARIEN TOWNSHIP — For the last two years, Adam and Alex Montsma have been the best basketball players in the area.
Born just a minute apart, the 6-foot-3 twins helped lead Faith Christian to a 45-5 record the last two seasons.
The two have been inseparable since birth, and it will remain that way at the next level, minus one thing — they aren't rooming together.
The brothers have committed to playing NAIA Division 2 college basketball for Judson University in Elgin, Ill., only an hour drive from their Darien home.
In 2013, Adam was named to the all-Walworth County first team, and Alex was the first player on the second team.
They have started for the Eagles all four years and have finished as two of the top players in school history.
Adam scored a jaw-dropping 1,624 points for his career. Only two players in school history have more points.
Alex totaled 1,090 points for his career. As seniors, Adam averaged 26 points per contest, and Alex tallied 17 a game.
"I'm so happy for them," said Faith Christian coach Brian Pollard. "They could be the cornerstone for Judson. They are two of my favorites in 17 years of coaching. They work hard and are fun to coach."
Judson was 6-22 last year. The Montsmas hope to turn those numbers around.
The Regional News visited the Montsma residence April 25 to discuss their careers at Faith and the next level.
Regional News: What has it been like growing up as twins?
Adam Montsma: We're always doing everything together, like hanging out with friends and playing basketball.
Alex Montsma: We have always played on the same teams. We have that twin telepathy thing going.
RN: When did the recruiting process start?
Adam: They recruited us toward the middle of my senior year. We came to watch a game, and a week later they offered us a half-scholarship. We visited the campus in March, and our tour guide was the assistant coach. I felt comfortable right when I got there.
Alex: This was our first scholarship offer. We were really interested. We really liked the visit. Also, Coach Cotton trains his athletes on and off the court.
RN: Who else recruited you guys?
Adam: Northwestern College, Minn. (D3), Clarke University, Iowa (D2), Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University and Beloit College. Judson and Northwestern were our top two.
RN: Why did you pick Judson?
Alex: Judson was the best fit. I enjoyed talking with the coaches. And I can go home for a weekend if I want because it's only an hour drive.
RN: Did you have to play at the same college?
Adam: Just like we've been together for everything, we thought the same college would be best. But we're not rooming together. We want to meet new people. I've been playing with Alex my whole life, and I didn't want to stop.
Alex: Every college was looking at both of us. We like playing basketball together, and we play well together. We're both going to major in Sports administration.
RN: Faith lost in a heart-breaker to Milwaukee Academy of Science to end the season.
Also, Adam was not 100 percent for the game. How do you look at that game now?
Adam: We played good the whole senior season, but it was very hard to lose that game. We were up the whole game. I will definitely miss all of the guys. I'm bummed that I was sick for that game. It is what it is. A week later, I felt better.
Alex: It was different playing without Adam because we had a perfect starting five. Adam averaged 26 points, so it was different. Jared (Mulder) stepped up a lot.
RN: You guys went 45-5 the last two seasons. Which was your best team?
Alex: Our junior year. We had Ben Sass down low, and he drew double teams. Having a big guy really helped us.
RN: How did your games improve last season?
Adam: This year, it was our responsibility to lead. People were expecting a lot from us. I tried to be a better leader and a good teammate. I could post up shorter guys and shoot over taller guys. I went to the gym as much as I could and lifted more.
Alex: This was our first year playing for the East Troy AAU team. We played with really good players from East Troy and Mukwonago. The practices were intense. Our coach really pushed us, and the offseason really helped. And my ball-handling improved.
RN: Your critics may say you're too skinny and you played small schools in Division 5. What do you say to them?
Adam: We go out and play our game. People can say whatever they want. We use the weight room a lot.
Alex: I hang out with some guys from Badger, and they say we're only Division 5. We beat a D1 school last year. I just ignore them and play my own game. People do say we're too skinny. I've been lifting. This year, I played the post more and got more physical.
RN: When did you start playing basketball?
Alex: We grew up in the Delavan Lake area, and we started playing hockey for the Walworth Blades by Big Foot in first grade. We played for the Bay Bombers in middle schools with guys like Jacob Growel, Tyler Compton and Noah Gray. We really fell in love with basketball in seventh grade.
Adam: My dad was a huge basketball star at Delavan-Darien, and he played college ball. In first grade, we started basketball, and we wanted to be like dad. We went to Delavan Christian School, and we would have small tournaments in the area.
RN: Why did you guys choose Faith Christian and not Delavan-Darien?
Adam: I met a lot of Faith guys like Ben Sass in eighth grade. I didn't come just for basketball, but a lot of my friends went there.
Alex: My sister Kasey went to Faith. She was a junior when I was in eighth grade. That's when I met all the Faith guys. I felt it was a good fit.
RN: Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Adam: I heard stories about how good my dad was. Growing up, I wanted to be like him and get that recognition.
RN: Why did you want to major in Sports administration?
Alex: I want to maybe be an athletic director. Earlier in high school, I wanted to be a cop. My dream job would be an internship with the Chicago Bulls.
Adam: I want to minor in coaching. I could see myself coaching high school and going up from there.
RN: How do you do academically?
Adam: I get A's and B's. It's easy now in my senior year because classes are easier.
Alex: I get B's and a couple A's.
RN: Are you playing basketball right now?
Alex: We're playing for the East Troy Hoops Club, but only until June. You can't play once you graduate. I didn't want to play baseball or soccer this year because I wanted to play hoops all year.
Adam: Brett and Alex Prahl from East Troy, Andrew Bryson (three all-Walworth County first teamers) from Elkhorn and us are on the East Troy team. We haven't lost yet. We play against mostly Milwaukee teams. It's nice to play with D1 athletes (Prahls), and Bryson is playing at UW-Whitewater.
RN: How do you balance school and basketball?
Alex: After school, I just chill after practice, and it's hard to hang with friends. I try to play hoops every day.
Adam: I try to take advantage of my study halls. I'm up late doing homework after away games.
RN: What's the future of Faith basketball?
Adam: The team next year will be good. After that, it could be tough. But there's a group of seventh-graders from Delavan Christian School who are going to Faith, so they'll be good.
RN: What was your favorite part about playing at Faith?
Alex: My junior year. We were 24-1, and we were ranked in state. We were undefeated most of the year.
Adam: My junior year, too. I will miss playing with the guys because I have played with them since fourth grade. Jared Mulder, Joe Ingersoll, Jake Alldredge and Alex Cesarz all have been playing with me for a long time.
RN: What are you goals at Judson?
Adam: I'll play guard. I want to be a good teammate and have good character on the court. I hope to play right away.
Alex: I want to set a good example. They were 6-24 last year, and I want to help turn things around. There's seven returning guys, and they are recruiting 16 guys.
RN: What advice would you give young basketball players?
Alex: If you love something, go for it.
Adam: If you work hard, good things will happen to you. Stay devoted to whatever you're doing.