MINFORD — The pipeline to the collegiate game continued Friday for the Falcons as senior point guard Brandon Rowe committed to Otterbein University.
Rowe chose Otterbein over Marietta College and the University of Findlay.
“I just liked Westerville,” Rowe said. “I liked the whole community. It just felt like some place I could call home.”
Falcons coach Josh Shoemaker was elated for the opportunity that awaited Rowe.
“I’m just happy that he’s going to get the chance to go on and play at the next level, and hopefully he’ll be able to succeed,” Shoemaker said. “Brandon had a great career for us. He played varsity for four years and this is just the next step in his career.”
Playing basketball at Minford, the most fond memories Rowe had was the lasting relationships he made over the last four years.
“I just think of all the friends I made,” Rowe said. “It was a great decision to come here. That’s what I’ll miss more than anything, just spending time with my teammates. Being as successful as we were was just a bonus.”
Although his success on the basketball court was overshadowed by his humility of it, Rowe did enjoy a successful high school career, which culminated Jan. 8, 2016, when he scored his 1,000-career point in a 64-56 victory over the West Senators. As a senior, Rowe averaged 21 points per game.
Now that his high-school career is in the rear-view mirror, Rowe is excited to begin the next chapter of his life and career.
”I’m just working on my game and getting mentally prepared to live on my own,” Rowe said. “I’m very excited to know what’s coming in the fall and not sit there anymore and worry about what I’m going to do.”
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