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Monett's Witt inks with OCC

Friday, May 18, 2012

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A higher calling. Monett's Jarred Witt signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Ozark Christian College in Joplin next season. Pictured with Witt, in the front row, are his parents, Tina and Leonard Witt. Second row: Ty Goetz, Monett head basketball coach, Chris Lahm, Ozark Christian College head basketball coach, and Jeremy Land, Monett assistant basketball coach. [Time Photo by Jared Lankford]
The final buzzer has not sounded on Jarred Witt's basketball playing career.

The Monett senior signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Ozark Christian College (OCC) in Joplin next year.

"I am really excited and blessed to get to continue playing a game I love," said Witt. "Basketball has always been my true passion. I love the competiveness of the game. It really drives my motivation."

Witt, a three sport athlete at Monett (football, basketball and baseball), started at the point guard position this season. He averaged 5.6 points and 3 assists per game for the Cubs.

It was Witt's "hustle" and "desire" that stood out in OCC head coach Chris Lahm's mind.

"OCC is a vocational ministry school of about 600 students," said Lahm, who is in his ninth season at the helm of the Ambassadors. "Kids are coming to our program for the right reasons. Jarred is a great kid who can pressure the ball defensively and get up and down the court.

"Character matters greatly at OCC," continued Lahm. "I believe Jarred is a good fit for both our athletic and academic standards."

Witt credits Monett coaches Ty Goetz and Jeremy Land for helping him with his college search.

"Jarred has been a joy to coach," said Goetz. "I always felt comfortable with him running the show on the floor for our team. Jarred has the work ethic to play and succeed at college."

Witt is the son of Leonard and Tina Witt, of Monett.

"I would tell anyone who wants to go to college to play a sport to be as into that sport as you can," said Witt. "Go to camps, play pick-up games and work hard. Enjoy your high school years, because they go fast."

Witt plans to major in sports business management at OCC.



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