Argosh strives to make Swarthmore's lineup
Updated 5:02 pm, Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Mike Argosh is looking forward to his opportunity to play basketball for Swarthmore College next year.
"I'm very excited," Argosh said. "It was a goal of mine since freshman year to play college basketball. I'll just work hard, hope to contribute and be there where they need me."
Before choosing Swarthmore, Argosh also considered the University of Rochester, Connecticut College, and a few other Division III institutions. In the end, he felt being a Swarthmore Garnet was the right choice for him.
"Swarthmore definitely had the strongest interest in me, and I have a [better] chance to contribute right off the bat if I work hard," Argosh said. "It also has a good liberal arts program, and it was a good match for me."
Former Garnet coach Lee Wimberly recruited Argosh Wimberly recruited Argosh before stepping down in the middle of the season.
"Mike is an excellent student, and is as far from being a prima donna as a person," Wimberly said. "He is a very good perimeter shooter, and is also strong enough to take many 2-guards down inside. He seems to take great pride in defending and loves to take charges."
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Argosh was a senior captain for the Staples boys basketball team this winter and was its Block S Team MVP. He was also selected All-FCIAC West Division. Overall, he averaged 14 points, five rebounds and two assists per game.
"It feels great," Argosh said of his awards. "Of course, we had team goals we wanted to accomplish, like making FCIACs, and even though we fell short, we grew a lot, and I'm happy with the outcome."
Although Staples didn't qualify for FCIACs, it still made the Class LL tournament for the fifth straight year. Argosh played a major role in leading a young team to the state playoffs.
This was Argosh's second straight year as a starter. Junior year, he earned All-FCIAC Honorable Mention.
"At 6'2, Argosh was one of the smaller power forwards in the FCIAC. Despite a couple of inches to his opponents, he remained undeterred and won battles in the frontcourt.
"We lacked height, and I stepped in where I was needed," Argosh said. "It helped me as a player [the credo of] not to give up and not to back down. You have to be more athletic than them, and you have to use your knowledge of the game. You have to do the little things and outhustle them."
Argosh developed into a lethal 3-point shooter. He hit 47 3-pointers this year, 81 for his career.
"It's always something I practice," Argosh said. "Every team could use a shooter, and I found a new niche and stepped in. I acquired it as I went along."
Wreckers coach Colin Devine said, "Without a doubt, he's one of the best 3-point shooters in an extremely talented league."
Taking outside shots is only part of Argosh's offensive repertoire. He drove past opponents for many layups.
"It's a matter of finding your spots, and my teammates finding me when I'm open," Argosh said. "I had to do what I could to help us win and working with my teammates was key."
Defensively, Argosh found ways to come up with steals, and forced Staples' opponents to commit many turnovers.
"Our coaches preach defense, which is an important part of our success," Argosh said. "We won games with our defense, and we were taught at an early stage."
Argosh also played football and was a tight end.
However, he stopped after freshman year to focus solely on basketball.
Leadership is a strength of his as he served as the team's only captain. Argosh led both by example and verbally.
"It was a great honor and experience to rally the group of guys," Argosh said. "It was a great leadership experience for me, and I enjoyed it. Coach Devine helped me out a lot, and the other seniors helped a lot and I give them credit."
Devine said, "He did a great job transitioning into a new role this year. Last year we really only asking him to be a shooter, he proved to be a great all round player and great leader."
Academically, Argosh took three AP courses this year, five overall. Economics is his favorite subject.
"Basketball helps, it gives me structure in my schedule, and it helps me get my work done," Argosh said. "It helps having both in tandem."
Before heading to Swarthmore, Argosh knows he needs to improve quickness, athleticism and individual defense.
"I'm not the most athletic guy who can lead people out of the gym," Argosh said. "I'll also have to work on my ball-handling skills."
Devine is confident Argosh will excel at Swarthmore.
"With MIke's work ehtic and drive, he will do extremely well at the next level," Devine said. "I think early on in his college career he will be put in situations to get teams out of playing zone defense with his shooting ability."
Wimberly said, "His role on the team will obviously be decided upon by whomever Swarthmore hires as it's new coach. I envisioned Mike as a wing who might play some 3 as a freshman and then transition to a 2 as he matures and improves. I think his outside shot needs to become a bit more consistent, he needs to develop post moves with both hands, and he needs to work a bit on his ball-handling skills in order to become comfortable as a 2-guard."
Argosh is undecided about his major, but is leaning towards economics. He's also considering a career in business.
The one thing he's resolute over is the importance of improving his game, and seeing a lot of minutes for the Garnet.
Making the transition to the backcourt is another challenge for Argosh. But with his size and shooting touch, the 2-guard could be his natural position.
"Hard work [is key], it's what I pride myself on," Argosh said. "I'll work hard, lift weights, keep playing basketball and work on my game, which will put me in a good spot."