MIDDLETON — Brann Schmitt is moving on in his basketball career.
The Carson City-Crystal senior signed a letter of intent Friday to play at Mid-Michigan Community College.
He was joined at the signing by Amateur Atheltics Union teammate Braedan Proctor at Fulton High School for the signing.
“It just seemed like a good college,” Schmitt said of MMCC. I liked the coach. He’s a pretty cool guy, coach (Caleb) House. They have the program that I want to go into, which is heating and cooling and I’m pretty sure it’s just a two-year program. If I can get through the program I’ll be all set in two years.”
Schmitt noted he was being recruited by a few community colleges.
“A couple of them talked to me,” he said. “Kalamazoo (Valley Community) College, GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College). But Mid(-Michigan) just had what I liked.”
Schmitt didn’t have any expectations for how he would be used by coach House on the Lakers.
“Just a team player, just motivate everyone to play their hardest and be the spark plug of the team,” he said.
Coach House had other ideas.
“I expect him to contribute right away,” he said. “I expect him to be a big part of our program, especially inside.”
Schmitt’s 6-5 size was a big factor in House wanting to take Schmitt.
“He (Schmitt) has great size and that’s something that’s lacking in our program,” he said. “He’s very athletic and the improvement he’s made throughout his high school career has been tremendous.”
Schmitt’s high school coach, Ryan Fritz, echoed that sentiment.
“He (Schmitt) is very athletic,” Fritz said. “He can run, he can jump, he’s got good feet, his hands have improved so much over the years and I think that’s a credit to how much he work both on the basketbal field and football field.”
Fritz thinks Schmitt has some growing to do also.
“He (Schmitt) is very young,” Fritz said. “He’s a 17-year-old senior in high school. So I think he still has some growing to do, maybe not vertically but filling into his body and filling into that college frame of his. He’s 6-5 and for a big that’s not gigantic but in college basketball if you can extend your game to the 15-foot range and shoot jump shots and do some other things, I think that’s something that is going to take his game to the next level.”
Schmitt earned Class C all-state honors for both football and basketball this school year.
Schmitt will be joining a team that was 8-14 last season, a season in which the Lakers had only seven home games, all at Morey Courts in Mount Pleasant.