Created on Thursday, 18 April 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
When Mikaela Oyer needed some advice about going through the college selection process, she did not have to look far for someone to talk to.
Oyer, a standout basketball player for Indian Lake, was helped along by her older sister Sadie.
A former Laker basketball player herself, Sadie Oyer played two years at Indiana State before transferring to the University of Tampa.
“Sadie helped me a lot,” said Mikaela Oyer. “She told me college basketball is going to be a lot harder and that you have to prepare yourself well. She gave me a lot of good advice.”
With the assistance of her sister, Mikaela Oyer took her time to find the best fit. In the end, she decided to play at Edison Community College in Piqua.
Oyer signed with the Chargers during a ceremony Wednesday at Indian Lake High School.
“I like Edison because it is close to home and it has a small campus,” said Oyer. “It just felt like a good fit for me. I like their coach and the girls I met there were nice, too.”
Edison is a two-year program, offering Oyer the opportunity to continue her basketball career at another school when she leaves the Chargers.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Mikaela,” said Indian Lake head coach Tim McMahon. “I coached at Edison for six years and they have a great program. The competition is really strong and it gives her a good place to get her college career started.”
A post player, Oyer was a four-year varsity player for the Lakers. She was special mention all-Central Buckeye Conference as a sophomore and was a first-team selection as a junior and senior.
After averaging 11 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during her junior season, she upped those averages to 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in her final prep campaign.
McMahon believes Oyer will continue to flourish in college.
“I think she will be even better at the college level,” said the Lakers’ boss. “Mikaela is very athletic, and in the college game you have to be able to get down the floor and handle the ball.”
Oyer looks forward to expanding her game for the Chargers.
“I’ve been a post player all my life,” she said. “I want to learn more moves around the basket and they want me to shoot more away from the basket. I am excited about doing some different things.”