The next level: Caldwell’s Wiechman to hoop at Wheeling Jesuit

CALDWELL – Earlier this month, Caldwell runner Jenna Furr signed up to compete at Wheeling Jesuit, an NCAA Division II school.

Thursday, Jonathan Wiechman followed his classmate’s lead by inking a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate basketball for the Cardinals starting next winter.

Surrounded by family, coaches and school administrators inside the Caldwell High School Board Room, Wiechman made his decision official.

“I’m pretty excited,” Wiechman said. “New chapter. Move on. Basically start over. It’ll be fun.”

Wiechman, who is undecided on what he will study in college, enjoyed a standout prep career on the hardwood for the Redskins. He averaged 21.8 points per game his senior season and led the team to 16 victories. He believes he’ll be a nice fit in WJU coach Dan Sancomb’s system.

“I know they like to play an up-tempo game and get it out quick and push the ball and that’s how I like to play,” Wiechman said.

Caldwell basketball coach Clint Crane is not surprised to see Wiechman taking his game to the next level.

“It’s good for him,” Crane said. “He worked hard. He deserved it. It’s pretty cool for the program.”

As far as college selection, Crane thinks Wiechman made wise choice.

“It’s a nice place,” Crane said. “He’s gonna have a nice place to play. It’s a nice college. It’s close to home. Easy drive so his parents can go and watch him. I think it will be good for him.”

The Cardinals posted a 15-13 overall record and were 11-11 in the Mountain East Conference last season. Generally a successful program, Wiechman acknowledged that he will have to earn every minute of playing time.

“It might take a year or so just to get in and fully get a lot of playing time but I’m not scared to put in the time and commitment to earn that spot,” Wiechman said. “I know they’re all there to work hard.”

The Cardinals are getting a big-time scoring threat in Wiechman, someone who can shoot from anywhere on the floor. Teams from the Pioneer Valley Conference know this all too well as Wiechman amassed 1,362 points over the past four years, a Caldwell record.

“Every year that I’ve been here with coach Crane and having (Greg) Metts come in these last two years has been fun every practice, every day,” Wiechman said. “I’ve enjoyed every second of it. Sad to go, but on the other hand, happy to begin something new.”