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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:41 AM

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DELPHOS — It was always the dream of St. John’s senior guard Curtis Geise to play basketball at the next level since he was a youngster.
That dream was fulfilled Tuesday morning when he signed a national letter-of-intent to play the sport at Capital University in Bexley.

“This is something I always wanted to do since I was little. I’m glad I have the chance to achieve it,” Geise said.

That understood, this was not an easy decision, by any means. “It was a long process and it was hard. There were a lot of schools that showed interest,” he explained. “All of the Ohio Athletic Conference schools were in the running, as well as Saginaw Valley State; they were the only Division II school that showed interest. It came down to Capital was in Columbus, which excites me because it’s not too far away and yet it is, as well as they had the academic program — biology pre-med — I want to get into.

“They also won the league this year, which tells me they have a solid program that I want to be part of. However, they lose a number of guards and that opens up the chance to play right away.”

It also came down to finding a comfort level with the NCAA Division III Crusaders under head coach Damon Goodwin.

“I had a chance to meet all the guys and it was good,” he acknowledged. “I’m excited about my future. I’m also glad that this decision is finally over; I feel relieved. It was on my mind for a while.”

Geise feels coming from St. John’s as a 4-year varsity player has left him prepared to play at the Division III level, though there will be an adjustment period.
“I was fortunate to have the same coach for four years (Aaron Elwer) and I learned a lot from him. He really helped me develop as a player and he was very helpful in me becoming a better player,” he continued. “I was in a lot of close and exciting games over the years and we always had a lot of support from the crowd.

“I know I have to step it up, especially as far as the speed of the game and the physicality, That will take some time but I’m confident I will make the adjustment in a decent amount of time. Right now, I’m not sure where I will be, whether the point guard or the 2. I will finish the baseball  season  and  then turn my attention to basketball; I’ll be playing in their open gyms and probably then will get a better feel for where I will be. I sat down with Coach Elwer after the basketball season and we talked about what I needed to do to get better and they will send me their off-season workout program.”

Elwer also shares Geise’s confidence.

“I don’t think I’ve had a harder worker in my coaching years, whether in the film room, at practice or wherever we were. He showed that from day one as a freshman,” Elwer added. “He was in the gym constantly trying to get better in some way. He was not afraid to ask questions.

“What I will miss most is his leadership; he led by example. I was proud of being able to coach him and I have no doubts he will be successful at the next level.”

 

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