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September 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Jackson guard Brett Kingma picks Oregon

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Two things weighed on Brett Kingma as he narrowed his list of college choices. Jackson’s slick-shooting guard wanted to select a school far enough from home that he would be forced to mature quickly.

But he wanted to remain close enough that he could visit often.

On Thursday, coaches from Oregon and Brigham Young made in-house visits. The Ducks came in after school and the Cougars visited later that night.

He knew both schools would be a good match for him, but in the end he picked the Pac-10, giving a verbal commitment to Oregon on Friday.

“With BYU and Oregon coming in Thursday, those were my two favorites,” Kingma said. “I just felt like, at this point in my life, after waking up yesterday and thinking about it all day that Oregon is the best fit for me to grow up and play basketball.”

Kingma, a 6-foot-1 shooter, said he was slightly leaning toward the Ducks, but after hosting both Oregon and BYU in his Mill Creek home, he didn’t think he was ready to make a final decision.

Then he woke up Friday morning and had a feeling, an urge to commit to Oregon that grew throughout the day.

“For me, just growing up in the Northwest and watching the Pac-10 – that’s the major conference around here – I think it was important to pursue my dreams and the Pac-10 is as high as it gets in college basketball, so I’ll be able to do that,” he said.

Earlier this week, Kingma announced a top three that also included Arizona State. It came as a bit of a surprise that the senior had ruled out Washington, considering his sister, Kristi, plays for the Huskies.

“She’s happy for me,” Kingma said. “She’s really, really supportive.”

Now that he has made his decision, Kingma can shift his focus back to his senior season with the Timberwolves. As a junior, he led Jackson to the Class 4A title game, scoring at least 25 points in 14 of the Timberwolves’ 28 games.

“That’s now my goal … winning that state title, so for the next half a year that will be my goal,” he said.

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