STANTON – Savannah Case has got one big decision taken care of: where she wants to play college basketball.
The Central Montcalm senior made a verbal commitment earlier this week to play for Lake Michigan College, a junior college located in Benton Harbor.
“I actually really loved the coach and when I visited I loved the campus and the people,” Case said. “I went on an overnight and everything they showed me was awesome.”
Case said she chose LMC over almost all the colleges in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
“I was looked at by a few other colleges, mostly in the MIAA, like Olivet, Calvin, Hope, Alma,” she said.
Case said an overnight recruiting trip was the tipping point.
“I went on an overnight a couple of weeks ago,” she said. “I think it was me and the coach and the team that made me feel so welcome. It was a feeling I didn’t get anywhere else.”
Case plays center for the Green Hornets and believes she will do the same with the Red Hawks.
“I think I’ll be a five, I’ll be a post,” she said. “I think I’ll make a big impact there. I think I’ll make a big impact on their team.”
Case will be heading to a team that is 9-3 so far this season going into Friday’s game against Glen Oaks Community College at home.
“They’re a nationally ranked team. They’re always so good every year,” said Case of the Red Hawks, ranked 19th in Division 2 in the Dec. 18 NJCAA poll.
Now that the decision for college has been made, Case said she had a burden lifted off her shoulders.
“It’s so nice not to have the pressure on me,” she said. “It’s a huge relief and I look forward to something I can go to. And that coach (Jason Cooper) knows what I need to do.”
Case’s coach, Kevin Everingham, wasn’t aware of her decision until contacted by The Daily News. He said Case was going to do well at LMC.
“She’s a heck of an inside player,” Everingham said. “Especially a college of that size. I think they’re going to gain a lot from getting her.
Everingham noted that Case should be a better player with the weight of the decision off her shoulders.
“She’s been going to constant college visits and it’s been a lot on her mind,” he said. “Now she should be able to focus on basketball on the court. She’s had a good start to the season.”