In the end, deciding to play his college basketball for Central Michigan was an easy decision to make for Jon Yeazel.
"I really like my decision," Yeazel said. "I like the coaching staff and the campus. CMU has nice facilities for the athletes and I feel I can step-in and earn some playing time right away."
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard said he called CMU assistant coach Lamar Chapman about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to give him the good news.
"I talked to coach Chapman and told him I wanted to verbal, was there a magic word I needed to say," Yeazel said. "Coach Chapman replied that I just did (verbal) and he welcomed me to the program."
Yeazel also had offers and interest from such schools as UNC-Wilmington, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and Cleveland State.
He becomes the first player out of Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg High School to earn a Division I college basketball scholarship.
"A lot of younger kids in the community look up to me so that definitely sets an example for them who've seen me to know all the hard work that is required to get to that (Division I) level," Yeazel said.
Yeazel, who averaged 18 points per game this summer playing AAU ball for Camp Darryl, said he will now focus on helping Middleville win the O-K Gold Conference title and making a run in the state tournament.
"It should be a great race with us, South Christian and Holland Christian all challenging (for the conference title)," Yeazel said.
As for his future academic field, Yeazel said he plans to study secondary education or perhaps something business related at CMU.
Is there any chance Yeazel would change his mind about signing with the Chippewas in November if a new school entered the picture?
"No, I'm firm in my commitment to CMU," Yeazel said.
Yeazel Excited About Future at CMU
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