Autumn Kissman made up her mind as a sophomore that she wanted to become the latest member of her family to play basketball in college.
The Mason junior center has found the place where she will do just that
The 6-foot-2 Kissman ended her recruitment Sunday afternoon, verbally committing to Oakland University and coach Jeff Tungate.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” said Kissman, who also held an offer from Butler and was receiving interest from Princeton and other smaller schools. “It’s nice to finally pull the trigger. It’s a lot of pressure off.
“I’ve been considering Oakland for a while now. When I went up there last year for a recruiting trip, I really liked the campus and all the players were nice and so were the coaches. Lately I’ve been really thinking about it, so I thought today would be a good day.”
Learning of Kissman’s commitment added to a good day for Tungate, whose team halted a three-game losing streak with a 79-73 road victory over Detroit on Sunday.
“He was happy,” Kissman said of her phone conversation with Tungate. “He said it made his weekend, which was kind of cool.”
Kissman, who is averaging an area-best 21.7 points and 10.6 rebounds, will be the third generation in her family to play college basketball. Her grandfather Jerry Kissman is a hall of fame member at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, while her father Tim Kissman starred at Eaton Rapids and is the second-leading scorer at Hillsdale College. Her uncle Mike Kissman also was a basketball standout at Eaton Rapids and Michigan Tech.
“It’s really cool,” said Kissman of becoming the latest member of her family to play college basketball. “My dad is probably one of my biggest role models and I really look up to him. He’s always helped me in the summer with shooting baskets and talking after games. It’s really cool to be able to play basketball in college like he did.”
Kissman, who also plays volleyball and softball at Mason, has put in a lot of work on her game to reach her goal of playing college basketball. That included a significant amount of work this summer as she worked her way back from a knee injury.
“After I tore my knee, there was a lot of rehab and physical therapy and a lot of lessons with coach (Carlton) Valentine at the MAC,” Kissman said. “There was also lifting weights at the gym and just getting back into game shape. That’s what I’ll be doing this summer as well.”