On Wednesday afternoon, Wheelersburg star football and basketball player Tanner Holden signed his letter of intent to play division one college basketball at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
“There was really a great turnout,” said Holden at his signing in Wheelersburg’s gym Wednesday afternoon, “A lot of people from the community came out and supported me, which really means a lot to me. It’s just a great way to start a senior year of basketball and end my senior year of football. But we’re not done yet, going for that state title.”
The Wheelersburg football team will face off against Johnstown Monroe Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium in the Division V state semifinals.
“I’m just so proud of him,” said Wheelersburg head boys’ basketball head coach Steven Ater at Holden’s signing, “So much hard work he’s put into it. Such a great family, his character, and the role model he is being a two sport star for us. It would have been easy for him to walk away and just focus on basketball. But for the community and school, it meant a lot to him to play both sports and be really good at both. Just proud of him for being able to make this decision. It’s hard, making a choice of where you want to go to school, let alone picking a coaching staff, players, and program you want to be a part of.”
Holden said that his experience on his official visit to Wright State is what sealed the deal in his choosing of the perineal top of the league competitor in the Horizon League conference.
“We went on an official visit for two days. I got to hang out with the guys, the coaches. I think they’re all just great people all around. They have a great campus, a great support system, I think that really narrowed it down and led me to go with them.”
Being a two sport star, Holden said he had to decide which sport he would like to play at the next level once he graduates in the spring, and ultimately, he decided that basketball would be his sport of choice.
“I really thought about it, long and hard, basketball is my love. I’ve been doing it since second grade. It’s just been amazing. It’s just great to be able to fulfill a dream and play at the college level.”
Although the Wheelersburg football season is still going on, and Holden says that is the thing most important to him at this point in time, the new Wright State signee does have some goals and expectations for his senior season on the basketball court.
“I really want to make it to ‘The Schott’ (The Schottenstein Center, host of the Ohio high school basketball state semifinals and finals, as well as the home court of Ohio State University basketball). I think we have a great chance, a lot of young guys coming back. I think we have a great shot at going to that next level. Made it to regionals last year, got beat by a really good Harvest Prep team. I’ve watched that game on Hudl a million times, just breaking down the game. But I think we have a great shot to compete with those big city schools, so I think we’ll be able to make a good run this year.”
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