``Coach (Brian) Gregory and Coach Schmidt were here early and often," St. Henry coach Joe Niekamp said. "They wanted Kurt more than anyone else and it showed."
Huelsman, who plays with the D-One Greyhounds, also fielded scholarship offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green – and had interest from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
``One of his brothers graduated from Dayton and Kurt knows it's an excellent academic institution," added Niekamp. "He went to some games and saw that it's a great basketball school with great tradition in a great city with terrific fans. He got to know the coaching staff and the players and felt comfortable with the program."
Huelsman has played down low for St. Henry for the past three seasons, but he'll get a chance to showcase his agility in his senior campaign. The team went 16-6 his freshman season, won the state title his sophomore campaign and finished 20-3 his junior year.
Huesman has averaged about 11 points per game each of his three varsity seasons. He swatted 120 shots his sophomore season and averaged 3.7 blocks per game this past year.
``He makes a big difference," Niekamp said. "He's athletic, agile and he can guard perimeter guys. A lot of colleges look at him as more of a four-man and this year he'll have the opportunity to face the basket."