Pine View’s Cody Ruesch signed his Letter of Intent Wednesday night to play basketball at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington.
“I dreamed about this my whole life and just grateful to have the opportunity to play basketball at the next level,” Ruesch said. “I’m just grateful for all my coaches and especially my family who have helped me along the way.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward helped lead the Panthers to the 2015 3A state title and another playoff run this year. The senior averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and was second on the team in assists with 47.
Ruesch, who has become known as one of the top rebounders in 3A, will be playing a little bit away from the basket at the next level.
“The coaches want me to play small forward so I’m going to be working a lot on my outside game over the summer,” Ruesch added.
Ruesch won’t be going alone as Desert Hills’ Marcus McKone signed with WVC last month. Dixie point guard Malachi Otis is taking a visit this weekend.
“It’s nice going up there and already knowing some of the other guys on the team,” Ruesch said. “But I love it up there. Everything is so green and the views are great.”
Desert Hills’ Boston Wood signs NLI with BYU-Hawaii
Desert Hills’ Boston Wood signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to run cross country for BYU-Hawaii this coming fall.
The Seasiders compete in the PacificWest Conference, along with Dixie State. But, BYU-Hawaii is actually discontinuing its athletics programs after the 2016-17 season, so Wood will only spend a year running cross country in Hawaii.
His uncle Mark and older brother Braden attended BYU Hawaii and he first saw the campus when the family went to drop Braden off for his freshman year. At the time, it didn’t occur to him that BYU-Hawaii would be an option for his college future.
“It’s how much a unique experience it will be, I think it’s been great, it’s kind of an easy decision,” he said.
After his year in Hawaii he plans to serve an LDS mission, then evaluate his options.