After much time spent thinking about my future, and in discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to de-commit from my verbal agreement with the Iowa State basketball program. I have great respect for Coach McDermott, Coach Rutter, the entire staff, and the Cyclone fans, but I don't feel that playing at Iowa State would be the best fit for me. I feel we are parting ways on good terms, and I wish them the best. I know they will continue to improve and build the Iowa State program into a force in the Big 12.
I have made this decision for several reasons. The main reason is this. I feel that for me to be successful in the Big 12, I would have to focus all my time in high school on basketball. That would mean giving up many activities in high school that I really enjoy. I am not willing to do that to myself, or to my friends, coaches and instructors. Rock Valley is a smaller school and it takes people being involved in many activities for us to be successful. I love basketball, but I want to have more in life than just that.
As far as my future plans, I am not sure what will happen. I have not had much contact from colleges about basketball since I made my verbal commitment, so I hope there are some schools that will be interested in me. Some schools have talked to my football coach about me playing college football, so that might be an option. I have talked with my teammate Marcus Heemstra about playing together in college. We have been playing together since 4th grade, so we thought that would be great too.
I know many people will question this decision, but I feel this is the right decision for me. I hope for your continued support and understanding.