Remsen St. Mary’s alum Jared Homan was given some good news when he was inducted to the Iowa High School Athletic Association basketball hall of fame. The 2001 graduate of St. Mary’s says it was nice to get inducted in recognition of his time as a Hawk.
Homan went on to a long career playing basketball at the Division One level and professionally in Europe. He says the foundation for that career started by growing up in Remsen.
At Remsen St. Mary’s, Homan put in a ton of work towards honing his craft. Some of his best memories came from his time going to tournaments all around the region with his head coach Jeremy Stukenholtz.
That camp that got him noticed allowed him to receive seven collegiate offers at the Division One level. One of those was to Iowa State where he ultimately settled on playing at. He says the biggest adjustment from high school to top college basketball was how much bigger everyone else was.
Once he stepped on to the campus in Ames, Homan had an impact with the Cyclones. He played in all 31 of Iowa State’s games as a freshman and even got to start in nine of them. He says the realization hit him early on that he belonged at college basketball’s highest level.
Homan went on to play four strong years with the Cyclones getting Iowa State back into the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2005 while earning All-Big 12 honors. He still holds the program’s career record for blocked shots with 235 in four years. That résumé led Homan to a long professional career playing basketball. He says it was a conversation with head coach Wayne Morgan his junior year that led him to consider that path further.
Homan’s professional career took him all over Europe to countries like Greece, Turkey, Poland, Croatia, Italy, and more. He says the best part was being there with teammates who were natives and allowed him to experience the country to its fullest.
Homan’s professional journey also took him briefly into the NBA ranks getting some camp time in with the Chicago Bulls. He says getting to experience the highest levels of the professional ranks was quite the thrill.
The professional athletics experience is one that only the rarest of talents will get to experience in their lives. That does not mean it should be kept out of the mind of young athletes who excel at their craft. Homan says young athletes should work hard and enjoy the experiences the game does bring you.
Homan now lives in New York City and works as a territory manager for Boston Scientific Corporation.
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