The Port Arthur News
Colton Weisbrod has only stepped on the court once for Nederland this season and he has already made Bulldogs history.
Weisbrod on Thursday signed to play college basketball at the University of New Orleans. It was the first Division I basketball scholarship for a Nederland basketball player in the last 30 years. The last was Jamie Weaver who signed with the University of Houston.
The three-year starter said he decided on UNO after visiting the campus and getting to know many of the current players and coaches.
“I felt like family right away,” Weisbrod said. “They recruited me really hard and I wanted to be somewhere that I felt I was a priority and I was wanted. It is a surreal moment and a dream come true.”
Weisbrod was celebrated Thursday as many friends, family and teammates gathered to witness him sign on the dotted line.
“In life and certainly in basketball, you get what you deserve and today he is getting what he deserves,” Nederland Coach Brian English said. “He did this on his own with a lot of hard work. He is the one who earned this scholarship. Thirty years is a long time. You have to be different to reach this level. What makes him different is no matter the accomplishments he had early, he was never satisfied.”
Weisbrod averaged 16 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore and was named Offensive Player of the Year in District 20-4A. As a junior, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds and was named MVP of 20-4A. He also was named to the All-Region Team as the Bulldogs reached the regional quarterfinals.
Weisbrod disagreed with his coach on one note.
“I owe so much to Coach English,” Weisbrod said. “I couldn’t have done this without him and the teammates I have now and the ones from past years. When I first came in I could barely put the ball to the floor. I was always in the gym.”
The UNO Privateers have made four trips to the NCAA Division 1 Tournament, five trips to the NIT and have won nine conference championships in school history. UNO recently joined the Southland Conference, which means Weisbrod will be making an annual trip to Beaumont with the Privateers to play against Lamar.