Forrest's Hoeft signs with Martin Methodist College

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Ty Hoeft, flanked by his father Jeff, signs a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. In the back row from left are, Martin Methodist Assistant Coach Dugan Lyne, Donna Hoeft, Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs, and Rocket assistant coach Randy Toombs. Photo submitted

Forrest's Ty Hoeft is the epitome of a team player and one who displayed heart and resilience in his four years as a Rocket and it did not go unnoticed as the multi-purpose guard recently signed a Letter of Intent to attend Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.

"Being from Chapel Hill I am used to the small town feel and Pulaski is going to be that same type of atmosphere," said Hoeft. "Their basketball program has been very consistent the past four years, including a Final Four berth and two Sweet Sixteen berths and that level of consistency is one of the top things you look for in a program."

Hard work

Hoeft, who injured his ankle early in the 2013-2014 campaign at Forrest, went through a grueling rehabilitation process to return to the hard court to finish his senior season in which he ended up averaging 10 points per game and 4.5 assists.

Hoeft's stellar late season play earned him a spot on the District 9-A All-Tournament Team for the Rockets, who swept their way to the tournament title as the fourth seed.

"My most memorable moment on the court is a pretty easy one, bringing home the District championship this year," said Hoeft. "No one even thought that we would be in a position to win the District, but we ran away with it."

Forrest would go on to win the Region 5-A opener versus McEwen before a season ending loss to East Robertson.

Full effort

"Being a Rocket meant playing harder than our opponent, not only every night but every possession," said Hoeft. "I hope my fellow seniors and I have instilled that into the underclassmen we played alongside this year so that tradition can continue. I am going to continue playing that way at Martin Methodist."

Ty Hoeft (14) knocks down two of his 12 points in a 53-42 win over Cornersville in Chapel Hill. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Hoeft displayed a down and dirty style of play on the hard court, and combined with stellar athletic ability he quickly became a fan favorite in Chapel Hill.

"The thing I will miss most from my days as a Rocket are my teammates and I owe them a lot of credit for battling with me day in and day out to make me a better player," said Hoeft. "I am going to miss every single one of them from Kyle Gugger down to Austin Bailey. There are no group I will miss more than our seniors this year in Jacob Daughrity, Caleb Keller, Kennedy Mathis, and Lucas Pruitt; as well as Blake Leonard who it always seemed was a senior with us."

Hoeft, who expressed interest in coaching at the high school ranks someday, sports an impressive 3.6 GPA and although he has yet to declare a major field of study at Martin Methodist, he is leaning towards either Sports Management or Education.

Looking ahead

After posting a 19-11 record and placing fourth in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament this season, Hoeft will join a talented RedHawks squad that returns seven seniors next year.

"I am just blessed to have four more years of basketball ahead of me," said Hoeft." "I would like to thank my parents Jeff and Donna Hoeft, my sister Dani, all my coaches here at Forrest, my AAU coach Steve Simmons, our trainer here Gaby Bussell, and all of our fans."

The Hoefts originally hail from Wisconsin and the entire clan bleeds Badger Red, a perfect fit for Ty's new red gear at Martin Methodist.

"This didn't weigh into the decision at all, but anybody that knows me knows that I am excited to be wearing red again," said a smiling Hoeft.