MATTAWAN, MI – Broad shoulders span the width of Nolan Foster’s 6-foot-10 frame, and the figurative load they carry was lightened significantly over the weekend, when the Mattawan senior committed to play college basketball at Ohio University.
With scholarship offers from eight schools and his senior year winding down, Foster had to make a decision soon, and after two visits to the Athens-based campus, he knew he wanted to be a Bobcat.
"It just felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, not having to see other colleges and just finally being able to know where I’m going to play next year," said Foster, who picked Ohio over Central Michigan, Toledo, Coastal Carolina and Air Force, among others and plans to sign his letter of intent later this week.
"Once I got on campus, I figured that it was where I was going to commit to because I fell in love with it, and it felt right," he added. "I just really liked campus and the coaches and the guys on team."
Meet Nolan Foster, Mattawan’s 6-foot-10 Division I basketball prospect
Foster currently holds scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Toledo and Ferris State, with Purdue and Wisconsin among other teams showing interest.
A Kalamazoo Gazette Dream Team selection for the 2018-19 season, Foster averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game for a Mattawan team that went undefeated in the regular season and captured its first district title since 2006.
Prior to his commitment, Foster continued to play for an Ohio-based AAU team, but will focus on strength training and keeping his game sharp at open gyms until joining his new teammates in Athens on June 17.
When he arrives at Ohio, he’ll join a team that returns one starting forward from last year’s 14-17 squad that finished in last place in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division.
The Bobcats hired former player Jeff Boals to take over the program in March, and the new staff sees big things from Foster, and possibly right away.
“(The Ohio coaches) said they want me to compete for a starting spot and have a big impact coming in,” said Foster, who plans to study sports management or sports marketing in college. “If they need to, then they’ll redshirt me, but my goal is to play right away.”