Caden Grinde would have enjoyed playing college basketball with his older brother, but he's going to have to settle for being a rival instead.
Grinde, a 6-foot-4 guard who is a senior at Spring Grove, has announced he will attend Upper Iowa University where he will continue his basketball career.
"I'm pretty excited," Grinde said.
Upper Iowa is a Division II school that plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Grinde's older brother, Chase, plays at the University of Sioux Falls, also in the NSIC. Last season the 6-4 Chase Grinde, a redshirt sophomore, averaged a team-best 12.6 points and 2.7 assists per game. He was third on the team, averaging 4.9 rebounds (third on the team) per game in 2019-20.
The two brothers talked about playing together in college.
"We tried it, but it didn't work out because Sioux Falls already has their class of guards already set," Caden Grinde said. "I took my visit there and I know their coaching staff well."
Chase Grinde will be in his senior season when Caden is a freshman at Upper Iowa at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
"We haven't talked about redshirt or anything yet, but if I don't redshirt I'll be playing against him right away," Caden said.
The Sioux Falls coach said he would have found a spot on the team for the younger Grinde if he wasn't offered a scholarship somewhere else.
"I got a full ride from Upper Iowa so I couldn't walk away from that," Grinde said.
Last year as a junior at Spring Grove, Grinde averaged 16.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game. He helped the team earn a Class A state tournament berth as a sophomore. His father, Wade, is the head coach at Spring Grove and they visited the Upper Iowa campus together this summer.
"I went there with my dad and we both agreed it was what I was looking for academically," Caden Grinde said. "They had my major (sports medicine), I liked the school, I liked the coaching staff."
A lot of things clicked for Grinde during his visit, including the campus in Fayette, Iowa, being close to Spring Grove.
"Coach (Brooks) McKowen and coach (Trevor) Hook do a really good job of making guys feel at home there and I feel like they're going to take care of me in that way," Grinde said. "And on top of that it's a hour away (from Spring Grove), and they have a really good basketball program and I just wanted to be part of that."
Grinde said COVID-19 didn't impact his recruiting too badly.
"Not too much," he said. "I mean, coaches couldn't come and watch me as much, but they could watch online so it wasn't really impacted."
Grinde has been playing point guard at Spring Grove, but he said he is likely to be moved to shooting guard at Upper Iowa.
"I'll play wherever they tell me to play," he said.
Grinde had also been contacted by Northern Michigan -- the school that Caledonia standout Sam Privet recently committed to -- about playing basketball. He is playing football again this fall for Spring Grove. He has excelled at wide receiver and was being recruited in that sport as well. Grinde had also been in contact with football coaches at Northern State University, in Aberdeen, S.D., where former Caledonia standout Isaac Fruechte is the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Overall, Grinde is happy to have made his college decision.
"Just getting that call and that weight off my shoulders," he said. "To pick out my (new) home, the whole process was pretty fun. I met a lot of good people and have a lot of great relationships through my older brother."
Excited to announce that I have received & accepted an offer to play basketball at Upper Iowa University. I’m happy to say I am 100% committed to furthering my education and becoming a part of the Peacock family! @PeacockHoops @bjmckowen @CoachHookUIU @KoryKettner @CoachPolesky3 pic.twitter.com/3soiReQVVy
Excited to announce that I have received & accepted an offer to play basketball at Upper Iowa University. I’m happy to say I am 100% committed to furthering my education and becoming a part of the Peacock family! @PeacockHoops @bjmckowen @CoachHookUIU @KoryKettner @CoachPolesky3 pic.twitter.com/3soiReQVVy— Caden Scott Grinde (@mambacg5) September 28, 2020