ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Stacee St. Julian wanted to attend a Division I school. There was one major problem, no Division I schools offered the 6-1, 165 pound senior.
He helped guide the St. Martin Yellow Jackets of head coach Charlie Pavlus to 21 wins and 10 losses...netting 22.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3 steals.
After discussing his basketball future with his dad, St. Julian says he made up his mind Monday night and decided to go the JUCO route. At a news conference in the St. Martin High School gym, with his mom, sister, girlfriend and coaches standing by, Stacee selected Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
"I made a decision over night and chose to go with Perk, "said St. Julian.
He was offered scholarships by three Division II schools.
St. Julian said, "I had Valdosta State, Delta State and Chaminade from Hawaii. I just came to the decision to go JUCO instead of pursue that school because my dream is to play in the NCAA Tournament."
So, the only way that will happen is to excel at Gulf Coast and have Division I coaches pursue his talents.
"My goal is get to school, work harder than anybody else, "said St. Julian. "Compete for a state championship, then go to the National Championship tournament and hopefully at the end of my first-year at Gulf Coast I will have a lot of Division I schools offering me, schools that didn't offer me coming out of high school."
St. Julian shot 45 percent from the field during the 2015-16 season and 38 percent from three-point range.