Webb signs national letter of intent
SEDALIA—State Fair Community College Roadrunners sophomore Matt Webb has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Central Missouri next year.
Webb, of Kansas City, said several factors led to his decision.
“I had to look at the education, because you can't play basketball without the education,” he said. “UCM has a great Criminal Justice Department. You have to have a career, because the ball’s going to stop bouncing one day. Coach (Kim) Anderson is one of the best Division II coaches out there and he sold me on the program.”
Webb also was considering Utah State, Wichita State, North Texas, and Central Michigan. It only took him one visit to decide where to play the rest of his college basketball career.
“I didn't want to waste any time,” said Webb. “I knew what I wanted and I wanted put all my focus and energy toward SFCC basketball, because that's where I am now. I don't have to worry about where I want to go next year.”
In the first six games this year, Webb averaged 14 points and 5.67 rebounds per game and shot an outstanding 57.4 percent from the field. Webb said he has learned a lot from both of his head coaches at SFCC.
“My experience has been great,” said Webb. “I had Dale Ribble as my first head coach here. I learned a lot as a player—how to handle myself on and off the court, and how to take constructive criticism. He expected a lot, which was good for me. With Coach Thomas, it’s more about effort, getting more out of me. He has a lot of confidence in me; it’s just about me having confidence in myself. He has helped me start to visualize what I'm doing out there.”
As a freshman, Webb played in all 31 games, starting 18. He averaged 7.1 points per game. He led the team in rebounds per game with 4.9 and blocked shots with 22, and helped lead the Roadrunners to the semi-finals of the Region XVI tournament.
“I think he's going to do a great job for Coach Anderson,” said Thomas. “He's a great kid, and works hard; he’s a very motivated guy. I think he's going to have a really good productive career for them.”
SFCC Athletic Department