By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant senior Brady Sartorius signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning to continue his education and basketball career at Kirkwood Community College.
Sartorius signed his letter of intent at the Mt. Pleasant Library, with family and friends surrounding. He says Kirkwood?s continued interest in him this season played a big part in his decision.
?Since I was a freshman, I?ve had coaches contact me from all over,? explained Sartorius. ?This last summer I got hurt and they all just kind of backed off. Kirkwood swept in right around the beginning of the season and they just stayed with me hard. I really liked the school when I went up and visited and felt a good relationship with the coaches.?
Sartorius, who plans on studying business management, will join one of the best junior colleges in the nation. Kirkwood is coming off a 26-4 record this season, and coach Bryan Petersen says Sartorius could see minutes immediately after the departure of a few guards.
?We lose three sophomores from our team this past year that played quite a few minutes for us, our leading scorer was one of them,? Petersen says. ?Brady we?re expecting to come in and compete for minutes right away. We do have a pretty good group coming back and I think he fits in chemistry wise.?
Petersen says Sartorius caught his eye early on when he came to see the Panthers? opener against Cedar Rapids Xavier.
?We had a chance to see him early in the season,? said Petersen. ?The first game I was able to go to was their opening home game against Xavier. I wanted to see him compete against a very good team, and he obviously held his own and then some. And then just the way he competed stood out to me.?
Sartorius led Mt. Pleasant in scoring for four straight years, helped lead them to the state tournament twice and found himself on three straight All-State first teams. Coach Paul Rundquist says his work ethic has lifted him to where he is today.
?As he continued to age and was putting in more and more time in the offseason, I knew he?d have an opportunity,? Rundquist said. ?He just continued to get better, and grow, and kept his dedication to the game. These are things that happen when you put in the time.?
Sartorius also spoke about what he?d miss most about being a Panther.
?Probably just my friends that I?ve been playing with since I?ve been in third grade,? he says.