Cody Kegley feels the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders.
Like any senior, the Yale High School student couldn’t help but look ahead and wonder what his future held.
Now Kegley knows — he will be going to Northern Michigan University to play basketball for the Division 2 college.
“My dad is an alumni there and through the AAU circuit at various tournaments they told me they were interested,” Kegley said.
“I wanted to decide before the beginning of the season because I didn’t want that hanging over me during the school year. I just wanted to focus on my senior year.”
Kegley said he also considered University of Michigan-Dearborn among other schools but he felt most comfortable at Northern Michigan.
“I really like their campus,” Kegley said. “I’m kind of like following my dad’s footsteps. I’m glad with the decision I made. It’s going to be a nice transition from Yale, which is small. I’m happy with my decision.”
Having the decision over with has been like taking a breath of fresh air for Kegley.
“It’s a big relief,” he said. “It will take a lot of work but it will be worth it. I’m ready for the challenge of Division 2 college basketball.
“I just have to take it to another level and show I deserve to play college basketball.”
That will begin this winter, when Kegley is tasked with leading the Bulldogs. Yale graduated several noteworthy seniors and will lean on Kegley to stem the tide.
“I’m definitely more focused and I’m just anxiously waiting for the season to start,” Kegley said. “I’m ready to lead this team to hopefully another district and league title.
“With the teammates we have, Luke McClelland will have to step up and Jordan Craig. The seniors will have to step up and lead the underclassmen and show them how we win games with defense and hard work and dedication put toward the season. We have to show them how things are done at the varsity level.”
In doing so, Kegley hopes Yale will remain the cream of the crop in the Blue Water Area Conference.
“That’s the motivation,”he said. “I don’t want to go back to losing. I want to stay focused knowing what we are supposed to do. I want to bring experience and help them out. I know they will take that in and grow as players and it will be good.”
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