By BRETT MARSHALL
Trae Bremer, a 6-9, 250-pound senior forward at Wichita County High School in Leoti, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Campbell University, located in Bules Creek, N.C.
The announcement came on Monday while Bremer inked the letter of intent last week.
Bremer averaged 12.6 points and 11.6 rebounds during his junior season for the Indians and helped the team to a 14-8 season record.
Included in that was the school's first Hi-Plains League tournament title since 1982.
They also lost to Spearville in the Class 2A sub-state semifinals.
Bremer's rebounding average was fifth best in Kansas last season and he also averaged 4.5 blocks per game, good for fourth in Kansas high schools.
He was a member of the Hi-Plains League first team, was honorable mention Class 2A by the Wichita Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal.
He was a second team all-area for The Hutchinson News and was a third team selection by The Garden City Telegram.
"We think Trae has a tremendous upside," said Campbell head coach Robbie Laing, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference coach of the year in 2010. "He's a big-framed kid with good skills. We feel like he's an excellent fit for our program and Campbell University."
"If he continues to develop at the pace he is now, Trae's really going to be a nice addition to the quality front line we're working with now."
Bremer is a three-year letter winner in football, basketball, music and band and was also a member of the Scott City Invitational all-tournament team in 2009.
"We really like Trae as a person, a student, and basketball player," said Laing. "He's a tremendous fit for Campbell University. He's also the kind of player we'll need upon the graduation of (4-year starting point guard) Junard Hartley."
"His gifts are the ability to use the entire floor and play underneath defenses. He also possesses an incredibly good mid-range game, which is rare in this day and time. He can finish and shoot the long ball as well.
Campbell University, an NCAA Division I school, is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and has a student population of just more than 9,400.
Bules Creek is located approximately 35 miles south of Raleigh, N.C. Laing guided the team to a 19-11 regular season record a year ago and a share of the Atlantic Sun conference title. In doing so, Laing earned conference coach of the year honors by The Sporting News.
"We're very proud of what Trae has accomplished here at Wichita County," said Indians' head coach Matt Crist. "He has come a long way in his three years of playing and we are expecting his senior year to be even better."
Bremer will join two former Garden City Community College players next season on the Fighting Camels roster. They are 6-8 Eric Griffin and 6-10 Martell Jackson.
Bremer is the son of Mindi Bremer and the late Don Bremer.