It’s a good thing Andy Foley gave his verbal commitment to St. Cloud State last week.
On Monday the St. Cloud Tech senior had his wisdom teeth removed. Talking isn’t as much fun, at least not at the moment.
“I felt like St. Cloud State is the best fit for me personally,” he said.
Foley is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard who averaged 21.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.1 steals per game for Tech last season.
He will be in his fourth year as a starter and has more than 1,200 career points. With another good year, he could pass Nate Wolters’ on Tech’s all-time scoring list.
“I think that he’s worked hard this offseason,” Tech head coach Mike Trewick said. “He lifted and shot all summer long.
“I think he’ll have a good senior year for us. We need him to have a good senior year.”
Foley also considered offers from Minot State and Bemidji State, which also are Division II schools in St. Cloud State’s NSIC.
A big factor, he said, was sticking closer to home.
“I’m the baby of the family and my mom wanted me close,” he said.
His sister Megan Foley, who is eight years older than him, played basketball for SCSU and is now a third-grade teacher at Sauk Rapids and an assistant girls basketball coach at Tech.
Foley is a former Husky Hotshot who has been going to SCSU basketball games since he was a small child.
“Being at all those games, I basically loved the atmosphere, both the women’s and men’s games,” Foley said. “I always thought it would be fun to be a part of it.”
He said he mainly was recruited by SCSU assistant coach Matt Reimer, who would like to be the head coach when Kevin Schlagel retires at the end of the season. Reimer also was a factor in his decision to attend SCSU, Foley said.
“That was a big factor,” Foley said. “I liked St. Cloud State from the start. I like what they can offer not just in basketball, but also academically.
“It should be Coach Reimer. I’m hoping it’s Coach Reimer. I really like Coach Reimer.”
There were other factors.
“I was talking to Minot State and Bemidji State,” Foley said. “I’m more familiar with (SCSU).
“Minot State doesn’t have engineering and while I don’t know what my major is yet, St. Cloud State has it, so that was a plus. I liked all three coaches and all three campuses are really nice. I felt like St. Cloud State was a better fit personally.”
SCSU is getting a good shooter who likely would be small forward or shooting guard, though he plays point guard at Tech.
He shot 53 percent from the field and 49 percent from three-point range last season and is an 83-percent free-throw shooter.
“Last year, he led us in every statistical category,” Trewick said. “At a (Class 4A) school like ours, that says something.
“He can break Nate’s scoring record. That’s saying something.”
Nate Wolters is now a member of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. Foley is just focused on Tech having a better 2013-14 season.
Tech was 8-19 last season but returns seven of its top eight players, including Philip Amundson, Jay Kedrowski, Bryant Bohlig, Isaac Matchinsky and Ethyn Fruth.
“Hopefully, we’ll be better,” Foley said. “I don’t know how the season is going pan out, but I have higher expectations than last year.”
Foley is coming off a busy fall.
Besides starting for Tech’s boys soccer team, he also handled punting and kicking duties on the football team.
He plays tennis in the spring. Another older sister, Erin, was a star at Tech when the Tigers qualified for the state tournament. She is a University of St. Thomas graduate.
At SCSU, the family will be able to watch him play regularly.
Holdingford’s Luke Mitchell was named the WCCO Coach of the Week last week.
Mitchell has led the Huskers to a 10-0 record and into the Section 6-2A football championship game.
With the honor comes a check for $1,000 for the Holdingford athletic department.
The Huskers play third-seeded Otter Tail Central (9-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the FargoDome.