FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sometimes it takes some travel to find the right college, and Brady Ernst has certainly strayed far from his hometown.

Ernst graduated from Clinton High School in 2015 and headed to Iowa State. He spent a redshirt year there, then played basketball last winter for Indian Hills Community College. Now, as a sophomore in college, he has taken his talents 1,400 miles south to Florida Gulf Coast University.

“It’s been fun. I got down here this summer so it’s my first year here, it’s been a lot of fun,” Ernst said. “Enjoying some nice weather and some high-level basketball.”

He made his debut as an Eagle on Saturday in the home opener against Illinois State University. The 6-foot-10 sophomore had two points and three rebounds in the 98-87 victory.

“The team has a great atmosphere,” Ernst said. The Eagles went to the NCAA Tournament the year before. “They obviously have the Dunk City thing, but it’s more than that. It’s good guards, it’s running the floor, it’s playing fast and up-tempo.”

Ernst was one of the leading scorers for the River Kings his senior year, averaging 16.7 points a game and shooting an impressive 60 percent from the field. He also had 58 blocks and 278 total rebounds for Clinton, fitting in with the “Dunk City” mentality the Eagles play with.

Ernst says you have to look beyond Dunk City nickname to see the type of basketball the Eagles play.

“I think it’s playing fast. We have a bunch of guys who can spread the floor and shoot it,” Ernst said. “It makes the game easier when everyone can do things with the ball.”

Ernst had the opportunity to go to the national tournament with Indian Hills.

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