Since they were little kids, Cody Holthaus and Chase Banister were friends. They played basketball together for four seasons at Douglass High School. They will graduate together in May.
Now, they will play basketball together in college.
Banister joined Barton Community College's basketball team last week. Holthaus signed a letter of intent to join the Cougars' program Tuesday and join his teammate.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. We're going to be rooming together," Holthaus said. "We've been playing together since first grade, kindergarten.
"I've been dreaming when I was little to keep playing past high school," he added. "Now that dream is actually coming true. Hopefully I can branch off of that, maybe go further after that."
Holthaus more than made his mark on the DHS program. Like Banister, Holthaus is one of only four Bulldogs to surpass 1,000 points in career, with nearly half of those (458) coming his senior season. Holthaus earned two First Team All-Central Plains League and three total All-CPL honors. He was a two-time Class 3A All-State selection and earned All-tournament honors at the Oxford Classic and Adolf Rupp (twice). This season alone, Holthaus had four 30-point games.
"He'll probably go down as the best pure shooter in Douglass history. He shot over 45 percent from 3s for four straight years," DHS basketball coach Ty Unrau said. "...Against the toughest competition this year, he had his biggest games. When the lights were brightest, he was at his best."
Holthaus started making big shots in big games even as a freshmen, when his older brother Jared was the Bulldogs' star. He shot outside his sophomore and junior seasons, but transformed his game even more this past year.
"This year, because of injuries, he had to play inside. Some players wouldn't accept that role, or accept that change, but he was unselfish enough to do whatever was best for the team," Unrau said. "...He was a match-up nightmare for teams," Unrau said, "because you can't put a small guy on him because if he's in the post, he's going to score at will."