UMD Commitment a Weight off Schick’s Shoulders
Washburn Senior Recently Signed Letter of Intent to Play for Bulldogs
As preseason basketball practice grinds on in Washburn, the Castle Guards’ big man has one less worry.
“I don’t have to worry about college choices anymore,” said Brant Schick. “Nobody to impress, just focus on winning and getting as far as we possibly can as a team.”
Schick doesn’t have to worry about college, because his choice is made. His letter of intent is signed. Next fall Brant is headed to Duluth to play for the Bulldogs.
“I really liked their style of offense and defense, I really like how they get up and down the floor,” said Schick. “It’s very similar to what we do here, but a lot more advanced.” “UMD is a great fit for him, I think he’s going to do real well up there,” said Washburn coach Duane Gasperini. “I’m very, very proud of the kid.”
Gasperini believes Brant’s versatility on the court will help ease the transition to college basketball.
“Very rarely do you find someone that’s 6’6″ that can run the floor and handle the ball like he can,” said Gasperini. “Being able to step out and knock down shots and spread guys out a little bit is going to be real big for him on the next level.”
His skills may be suited for the Division II college game, however Brant knows there’s plenty he can do between now and next season to get ready.
“I’ve got to get bigger, faster, stronger, learn the game,” said Schick. “At the collegiate level, it’s a lot different. Work on ball handling, shooting, just freshen up on everything.”
In the meantime, Brant has his senior season in Washburn to look forward to and new responsibilities as a leader for the Castle Guards.
“I’m ready to take the challenge,” he says. “I’ve been trying to step up in practice and lead the team.”
“He’s going to show his leadership this year,” said Gasperini. “He’s going to be a tough kid for us and he’s going to be able to lead the team in the right direction.”
The right direction is toward a return to the Division 5 final four.
“We have the chemistry, we have the talent, it’s just putting the puzzle pieces together,” said Schick.
Time will tell if Brant is the man to lead the Castle Guards to their goal.