By Evan Mohl
Killeen Daily Herald
For the first time in two years, the Shoemaker Grey Wolves are sending one of their own to play college basketball.
On Friday, Jeremiah Ransaw, in front of family, friends and coaches, signed his national letter of intent with Concordia University in Austin at the Shoemaker gym.
Ransaw's decision came down to Mary-Hardin Baylor and Concordia, but ultimately he went with the Tornados. He said spending four years in Austin seemed like a better fit.
"I really considered all aspects of both schools," Ransaw said after signing his letter. "But I enjoyed the Concordia campus and the idea of being in Austin more than living in Belton.
"I'm real excited to spend the next four years in Austin."
Ransaw put together quite a four-year run at Shoemaker. After making the varsity squad as a sophomore, he earned first-team all-district selections in his junior and senior years. This season, he was a unanimous pick by the coaches in District 13-5A.
Ransaw was also recognized by the Killeen Daily Herald on the all-area first team.
"Jeremiah's earned this," Shoemaker coach Marc Minatrea said. "He's represented Shoemaker High School well for four years. Anytime you get to go to college and play basketball for four years, that's a great thing."
The Killeen area has become a recent hot spot for the Tornados and head coach Stan Bonewitz. This year alone, Harker Heights' Donald Lee and Greg Brown from Killeen High have already signed or are expected to sign with Concordia. The three will join former Heights player Justin Reefer, who is already on the roster.
Bonewitz, the former Texas Tech sharpshooter, led the Tornados to a 19-9 record and the American Southwest Conference tournament for the second straight year. They fell to hosts UMHB in the championship game.
Concordia is known for its up-tempo, run-and-gun style of play. Bonewitz tends to look for combo players, such as Ransaw, who can play multiple positions.
"I told coach Bonewitz that Jeremiah should be able to play anything in college," Minatrea said. "He did everything for us. He handled the ball a little. He was our main scorer. He played low-post, high-post, on the corner and on the perimeter. He helped us to a great season."
Ransaw got a big smile on his face when asked about how he would fit in with Concordia's style of play.
"I love the run-and-gun," he said. "I love that style of play and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to learn it."
Minatrea said that aside from all his basketball skills, Ransaw will be more than just a good athlete at Concordia, which is one of the reasons the senior is going on to play college basketball.
"I think Concordia's very fortunate just as I was to have Jeremiah," Minatrea said. "He's a good kid. He's made my job easier. I think he's going to work hard. I think he's going to be a good basketball player and college student. I think he's going to represent himself, his family and Shoemaker basketball really well."
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