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Posted On: 10/3/18 6:00 PM
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Lake Mills is fostering one of the state’s hidden gems with 6-foot-5 wing Chett Helming.
The tall, rangy and athletic guard was a certain standout at our Top 250 Expo last weekend, and is coming into his junior season as the team’s main man, just like he was as a sophomore.
A versatile prospect, Helming can score in a variety of ways, including getting up for some easy slams, and his mid-range is smooth.
“Scoring is one of my favorite things to do and then get rebounds. I like to push the ball a little bit,” said Helming. “I think my mid-range is my best strength and then probably ball-handling and passing are things I need to work on.”
This past spring and summer, he played grassroots ball with both Southeast Minnesota Lightning in the spring and Martin Brothers in the summer.
“For the Lightning, I was kind of like the sixth-man, like a shooter and mid-range guy. On the Martin Brothers it was a similar deal, I would come off the bench and get a couple buckets a game,” said Helming, who says he’ll play with Martin Brothers for his 17U campaign.
For Lake Mills, Helming was great as a sophomore, going for team-bests 14 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He also led the team in blocked shots.
“We’re going to have some really good guys come back and I would hope to average maybe 20 points and double-digit rebounds,” Helming said. “Team-wise, I’m hoping we finish top three in the conference.”
Helming’s recruitment has been a bit slow, he went to a DMACC camp and they’ve been showing some early interest. We expect that to ramp up considerably over the next 12 months.
“The ultimate goal will be to have a big scholarship, like D1 or D2, I don’t know how likely that is, but it’s a goal,” he said. “And I hope to get a starting role with my AAU team.”