January 13, 2011

Chippewas extend offer to Sean Sheldon

One of the fastest rising prospects in the state of Michigan for the 2012 class is Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis forward Sean Sheldon. Sheldon, a 6-foot-8 and 205 pound junior, has continued to grow and expand upon his already versatile game.

"I've always been told I'm a very versatile player," added Sheldon. "I play on the wing at the 3 or the 4 position, but I can also be a presence in the paint. And then I also have the ability to step out and shoot and make plays on the perimeter, so I would definitely say my versatility is one of my biggest strengths."

That versatility and strong play with his AAU team (ACB Bank Hoops) has helped him earn offers from Western Michigan, Toledo, Miami (OH), Wright State, Lehigh and William & Mary. He is also getting strong interest from Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame and Dayton, and Sheldon reported that he has visited all of the above campuses except for Notre Dame. But recently another school entered the fray in Central Michigan, as the Chippewas blossomed their interest into an official offer.

"Coach (Ernie) Zeigler called me on Christmas Eve and offered me a full ride to Central Michigan. I didn't really expect it because I hadn't heard from them that much leading up to it and it's been kind of hit or miss, but it was definitely a good way to start the holiday season" said Sheldon with a laugh.

Sheldon is currently in the midst of his junior season, and a nagging ankle injury has kept him out of uniform and contributed to his teams disappointing 2-4 start.

"It was very frustrating," said Sheldon on having to sit out the last few games. "But I had an ankle injury and I just wasn't able to play, but I'm back at practice now and I can't wait to get back out there and help my team. And we just have to keep playing hard, I know my team needs me and we just have to keep getting after it so we can get back to districts and get a rematch with Suttons Bay."

While his sole focus is on the rest of his season, after the season it will be on recruiting. Having visited nearly every school on his list, he plans on taking final few and then making an early decision before his senior season.

"Right now I'm just trying to focus on my season, but after the season I'll probably take a few more visits then sit down with my family and start to narrow things down. I'm still looking to decide in the spring, so that's the plan right now."

Sheldon indicated academics are his number one priority when selecting a school as well as how he fits in with a school's basketball program. For a Central Michigan team that has loads of talent, but struggles from the perimeter, a versatile big man such as Sheldon would be a perfect fit.

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