By David Fong
TROY — When it came to selecting a school at which to continue his basketball and academic careers, Ryan McClurg was all business.
“They’ve got a really good business school,” said the Troy High School senior, who on Monday signed his national letter of intent to play basketball at Ohio Northern University next season. “To me, that was a more important fact than playing a sport. If I wasn’t playing basketball, this is a school I would want to go to.”
Not that McClurg isn’t in love with the Polar Bears’ basketball program, too.
“I really like the coach and all the players are really nice,” McClurg said. “I loved the campus.”
Certainly, there’s plenty for Ohio Northern coach Rich Bensman — who completed his first season at the team’s head coach last winter — to like about McClurg’s game, as well.
The 6-foot-1 McClurg led the Trojans in scoring this past season, averaging 14.1 points per game as he was named first team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division. He also earned All-Southwest District Division I honorable mention.
“He’s a very good outside shooter, as he’s proven here at Troy,” Troy coach Paul Bremigan said of McClurg. “Also, his work ethic is top notch. I know he’s going to go up there and work hard for Coach Bensman. He’s a kid who has a chance to go to a good program and I know he’s going to do a real nice job up there.”
McClurg said he’s excited about the opportunity to play college basketball while getting an education.
“They want me to play the 2 (shooting guard,” he said. “I do need to get a little bit stronger before I get up there, but I’m excited about the opportunity.”
McClurg — who will graduate in less than two weeks — said he’s also relieved to finally have the entire process behind him and his looking toward his future. Even though he gave his verbal commitment several weeks ago, most of his classmates had their college choices made weeks ago.
“It was kind of nerve-wracking, but I’m glad I took my time,” he said. “I really like the coach. He preached that it’s just like a family there — I liked that.”
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