Signed, sealed … delivered
Eudora’s Carnagie inks basketball letter to Ottawa
Sometimes dreams do come true, and when Brent Carnagie signed his name Monday afternoon he knew exactly what that felt like.
Carnagie accepted a $2,000 athletic scholarship and signed with Ottawa University with the intent to play basketball in the fall.
"I was hoping it would happen. I was surprised, but it was my goal throughout school to play in college. It's pretty neat to actually sign and go somewhere and play," the former Eudora Cardinal said. "I like the coach. I like the situation. I feel good about everything and I think I can have an impact on the team."
Andy Carrier, head coach of the NAIA Division II Ottawa University mens basketball team, said he thought Carnagie would be a good fit in his program.
"We're excited because he's a strong student and he's also a good basketball player," Carrier said of Carnagie, the sixth freshman to sign with Ottawa for the fall. "His scoring inside and his athleticism is what we were most attracted to."
Chad Eshbaugh, head coach of the Eudora High boys basketball team, said Carnagie would bring not only the ability to score inside, but a perimeter scoring threat as well.
"He brings the ability to score the ball in different ways," Eshbaugh said. "He can score from the arc, but his overall strength was playing the post. He's just a tough player to guard."
Although his strength may be his inside game, Carnagie said he preferred to play along the arc.
"There's more freedom to do more things and you get to shoot the ball more," said the 6'3" Carnagie. "But I like to play aggressive and rebound too."
Carnagie started playing varsity basketball during his sophomore year and averaged five points and three rebounds per game. As he worked harder and earned more minutes, Carnagie began to rack up points and grab more and more boards until, after starting both his junior and senior years, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Carnagie, who also played football and baseball for the Cards, said he would not try to walk on to either the football or the baseball teams.
"It'll be a nice chance to focus on one sport and take some time off from the others," Carnagie said. "But I'll probably miss football the most."
Last fall, Carnagie missed the entire football season when he tore the meniscus in his knee, and he said from then on he knew that basketball was the road he was going to follow.
"I was out for, gosh, a long time," Carnagie said. "But it's been fine ever since then. I don't worry about it anymore."
He said he is ready to play and has been practicing all summer by playing pick-up ball and helping out with the camp this week.
But, just like the other sports, Carnagie, who plans to major in either business management or physical therapy, sees an end to the basketball road as well.
Although the next step in Carnagie's career is four years on the court with Ottawa University, he said this would be his last step with basketball, and he plans to move on and get a job that utilizes his academic career.
"Basketball is over after college," Carnagie said. "There's probably no future in it."