CONCORDIA, Kansas — Few players in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, if any, were faster with the ball in their hands than Cloud County Community College sophomore point guard, Chelcie Kizart.
On Wednesday, the two-time All-Conference floor general found a new home for the next two seasons as she signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division II basketball for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
"I'm really happy for Chelcie, mainly because she's happy," said Cloud County head coach, Brett Erkenbrack. "She had some good options, took three visits, and she was very excited about her visit down to Midwestern State University. Historically, MSU has had a good program and I think she can go down there and help them."
Kizart said she instantly fell in love with the campus and coaching staff on her visit and believes the Mustangs' high-tempo offense under head coach Noel Johnson will be a great fit for her.
"They (Mustangs) are a team that likes the push the ball, so I think I can add to that," Kizart said. "I like the style of play they have. I want to come in and help win games, get the ball where it needs to be and be there as support for the team and coaches."
Kizart, who will study Pre-Physical Therapy, averaged 14.8 points per game this past season for a T-Birds team that finished 23-9 overall and advanced to the semi-finals of the Region VI Tournament. She also led Cloud County in assists (4.4) and steals (2.4) per game.
Despite not playing the point guard position until her senior season of high school, Erkenbrack said Chelcie grew exponentially in that area, evident by her Second-Team All-Conference honors in back-to-back seasons.
"Chelcie had never really been a point guard before she came here. I think she really grew into the position," Erkenbrack said. "She did a great job for us getting to the basket and finishing. I think she became a better, smarter point guard as time went along and did a good job of leading us. From the defensive standpoint, she has the ability to put good pressure on opposing team's guards. I think she'll have a really good career down there."
After growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota and spending two years on the western plains, Kizart flashed a smile when asked about the relocation to Texas.
"Coming from Minnesota — it's very cold and always snowing there — I wanted to be in a warmer state," said Kizart, who added she's also a fan of the new, Texan voice she'll be hearing from the sidelines the next two years. "And I love coach (Johnson's) accent. Her accent is lovely."