Posted On: 01/13/19 3:17 PM

Tea Area senior guard Kade Stearns commits to play college basketball at Mount Marty next season. We talked with Stearns about the process going into the decision and more. 

Kade Stearns is the 13th ranked player in the class of 2019 in our SD 2019 Rankings. 

PHD: What made the decision to go and play at Mount Marty?

KS:I decided to go to Mount Marty for many factors but ultimately it was because of the relationship I have with Coach Schilling and the opportunity to be apart of Mount Marty’s commitment in growing a successful program. Schilling is a great trainer and was instrumental in helping me develop my game.I wanted to be able to reward him by turning all that dedication and belief in me and put it into wins.

PHD: Why did you choose them over other colleges in the area?

KS: I chose Mount Marty over other colleges because of the relationship I had with the coach and the opportunity to improve the program’s success.

PHD: How excited are you to be going to Mount Marty for basketball?

KS: I am extremely excited about Mount Marty basketball. I love the players and coaches they have. They all have chips on their shoulders to win ball games. The wins might not be there right now, but in two-three years I believe we will be competing for GPAC conference and tournament championships.

PHD: What’s it going to be like to team up with the likes of Luke Ronsiek along with the current players and soon to be players?

KS: Teaming up with Luke Ronsiek and Trevin Holland will be exciting! They are great ball players. Along with all the other recruits and current players will be beneficial and exciting. Showing me what it takes to play at the next level will be the beneficial part. The exciting part is all the talented players they have! Chase Altenburg, Jonah Larson, Jailen Billings, and Colby Johnson just to name a few. All those guys want to win and that’s exciting. 

PHD: What do you expect out of yourself and your team this final year?

KS: For myself and my high school team, I expect nothing less than a State Championship appearance. We know what it takes to get there, it is nothing new. We seniors need to lead and just need to put it all together one more time.