Kassy Nelson signs letter to play at Saginaw Valley

LEROY — Kassy Nelson has had three solid seasons as a basketball player for Pine River and is getting ready for her fourth.

But last week, Nelson took time out from talking about her final high school season to declare where she’ll be at this time next year.

Nelson signed a national letter of intent to attend school and play Division II basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. She said she decided on that school this past summer.

“I visited and then I went and played with the team,” Nelson said. “That kind of sprung the decision a bit.”

Saginaw Valley had watched some of Nelson’s games. She admitted not really having much interest in other schools.

“Saginaw was kind of like my dream school,” she said. “I went into the season and said if there’s one school where you’d want to go to, where would it be, and I chose Saginaw, and it turned out perfectly. It’s close to home and not completely in the city. I love the coaches, they’re amazing. When I first started with the team, I felt I could definitely call this home. The girls are great.”

Nelson, along with all-league and all-area Dream Team honors, has been a two-time all-stater in basketball. She has played volleyball and softball in the past and is focusing on basketball this season.

She also is a member of the National Honor Society, Principal’s Council and an Honors Guard, and will be majoring in pre-medicine at SVSU. Her career goal is to be a pediatrician.

Head coach for the team is Jamie Pewinski. The school recently announced the signing of Nelson and four other players.

“Kassy is one of the best shooters in the class of 2015 out of Michigan,”  Pewinski said in a statement. “As we continued to watch her over the summer, she stood out as much more than just a shooter though. She can handle the ball and will be able to play the point for us if needed.

“She works extremely hard and she just flat out loves to play the game. She will be a great representative of our program and the exciting part about Kassy is her best basketball is ahead of her.”

“I’ve been looking forward to this for so long,” Nelson said of her signing day. “I’ve seen a lot of people do it. It’s always been a dream of mine to do the same.”

Nelson is expected to be a shooting guard at Saginaw Valley as she is at Pine River. She’s receiving a partial scholarship.

“I would like to get more muscular,” she said, adding that she has been in training.

Nelson had wrist problems last season, but said she gets cortisone shots and has been feeling fine.

The Bucks are now in their second week of basketball practice.

“We graduated quite a few people last year and I just want to prove to the people we have a chance of going further than everybody’s expectations,” Nelson said. “I know there’s talent there.”