Connor Sigrist is on track to peak at just the right time.
The 6-foot, 7-inch forward for Greenbrier High School signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Greenbrier head coach Casey Heckthorn said Oglethorpe is getting a player ready to reach his potential.
“His confidence is building, his toughness is building, all those things where he’s going to peak as a good college basketball player,” Heckathorn said. “He’s just at the tip of the iceberg with his basketball potential and what he’s going to accomplish the next few years.”
Oglethorpe head coach Phillip Ponder said he spotted that potential when he saw Sigrist play in a basketball exposure camp at Oglethorpe’s gym.
“That’s where he caught our eye,” Ponder said in a telephone interview. “Good length, ran the floor well, was able to step out and hit some midrange and perimeter shots. Usually a kid that tall is strictly a low-post guy, and he’s not. That intrigued us.”
Sigrist will join a program that posted a 17-10 record this past season with a heavy travel schedule.
“Even though we’re Division III we like to say we have a Division I travel schedule,” Ponder said. Oglethorpe plays throughout the country and in overseas tours. “We try to give the kids a Division I experience.”
Sigrist, who plans to study premed, said Oglethorpe’s academics and its Atlanta location drew him, as did the “winning tradition.”
“I’ve talked to all their coaches,” Sigrist said. “They’re all great coaches. I’ll be in the weight room working out all the time. Hopefully I can get where people think I can be, because I know I can be a great player.”
That’s the potential Ponder sees, and that’s why Sigrist has a good chance of getting playing time as a freshman. “We’re graduating 69 percent of our minutes played, so playing time is up for grabs and may the best man win,” Ponder said.