Kramer signs with DSU
FULDA -- A year full of highs on the basketball court for Fulda's Kaitlyn Kramer had another satisfying moment Friday: she signed for college. Kramer, who helped lead the Raiders to the Class A state girls basketball championship last season, sig...
FULDA -- A year full of highs on the basketball court for Fulda's Kaitlyn Kramer had another satisfying moment Friday: she signed for college.
Kramer, who helped lead the Raiders to the Class A state girls basketball championship last season, signed a national letter of intent to attend Dakota State University in 2007-08. Through her junior season, Kramer is currently fifth all-time in points (1,289) and eighth all-time in rebounds (629) at the school.
"This is a great day for her," Fulda head coach Gregg Slaathaug said. "She's put in a lot of time, like a lot of our girls have. It's been something she wanted to do. It seems like a very good fit for her."
In leading the Raiders to the state title in 2005-06, Kramer averaged 22 points per game, including five 30-point games and a career-best 42 points (tying the school record). She also hit a school record 122 free throws and scored 659 total points, also a new standard.
Among all of her accolades last year, Kramer was named the state tournament MVP and was named Player of the Year by Minnesota Basketball News.
Kramer, after she signed her letter of intent, talked about what helped lead her to the decision she made.
"I really liked the coach, and I knew some of the players who went there," she said. "I knew I got along with them, and I really liked them."
Kramer gained some experience during the summer months scrimmaging with the players on the team -- including former Worthington player Jill Hansen, Adrian's Maria Gengler, Alyssa Kirk of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Jessica Van Loy from Wabasso.
Having those players around who Kramer knows and has faced off against during her career will certainly help the transition.
"I will help a lot, even in the social part -- meeting new people," Kramer said.
For SDSU coach Jeff Dittman, signing Kramer provides his team with a versatile player, capable of playing the guard or the forward spots.
"As a six-footer, she can run, she can shoot, she can jump," Dittman said. "There really is nothing she can't do on the basketball court."
It doesn't hurt matters, either, that Kramer comes from a program steeped with success in Fulda.
"She comes from a program that knows how to win," Dittman said. "I think that's important: knowing how to work hard, knowing how to be goal motivated, and succeeding."
Kramer has been a natural leader with the Raiders, in and out of practice, and earned high praise from her current coach.
"She's just one of the most dedicated girls that we've ever had in the program," Slaathaug said.
As for Kramer, getting the decision on where to attend college out of the way can now leave her to focus on enjoying her senior year with one less thing to worry about.
"It's nice to have it done with so I don't have anything else (extra) on my mind," she said.