Clinton senior Brant Wiesner doesn't see a lot of minutes, but he uses every minute he does get. On Saturday, that included a starting position.
Wiesner hasn't been on the roster the last three years. In fact, he didn't go out for basketball at all. Instead, No. 00 uses his talents to compete in the Special Olympics.
This year, that changed.
"His rooms are close to mine in the school," first year head coach Troy Ersland said. "From the beginning of school he was telling me he's going out for basketball, asking when basketball starts. I loved his enthusiasm."
So Wiesner made the varsity roster and cheers for the regular starters from down the bench. He's always into the game and will occasionally get the crowd riled up with his own excitement.
"He's funny and adds some humor to it," Ersland said. "He likes to talk, talk a big game. He makes things more fun and more exciting."
So when Senior Night was rolling around and the question was raised if Brant would join his senior class on the court, it wasn't much of a question at all.
"He's a kid that comes to practice, works hard," Ersland said. "He loves basketball, his teammates love him and he deserves the chance to start."
Not only did he get a start on Saturday afternoon, but late in the game he put up one of his iconic long distance shots and it went through the net.
"I thought it was going down!" Wiesner exclaimed after the game.
The whole year his teammates have gotten Wiesner the ball for chances to shoot at the end of games when he gets in. Every time, coaches are encouraging him to put it in the basket. The fans, too, are just as hopeful for him to push points across the board. It's probably why the senior athlete was so appreciative at the end of his prep basketball career.
"I want to thank my coach, I want to thank my team, I want to thank my parents, and I want to thank everyone here."