If a basketball player is only as good as his last game, then Saint Francis just got a pretty good player to join its program beginning next fall.
The Cougars received a verbal commitment from Pendleton Heights High School senior guard Brogan Gary on Monday.
“I really enjoyed the coaches,” Gary said. “Coach (Chad) LaCross and Coach (Luke) Cummings seemed really nice.”
Gary is coming off helping the Arabians to wins over a 12-win Yorktown team, as well as traditional state power Muncie Central.
“I would say shooting and intelligence are my strengths,” Gary said. “I play the shooting guard, but can also play the point. But shooting, defense and knowing the game are what I do best.”
The name Gary in east-central Indiana is infamous. Brogan's father, Mark, was a 1984 Indiana All-Star that played at North Carolina at Wilmington, while his uncle Jeff played at Vanderbilt and another uncle, Greg, who is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at Purdue, played at Tulane.
Brogan said that he's been under their guidance in driveways and gyms since – well, his entire life.
In the recent victory over Yorktown, Gary only took 10 shots, but he drained eight of them and finished with 21 points to go with six assists, three steals and a pair of rebounds. He drained four 3-pointers as his team opened the game on a 33-2 run and eventually won 68-31.
Gary visited the Saint Francis campus recently and felt comfortable with the size of classes, school and the Hutzell Athletic Center on a game day.
“I liked the environment,” Gary said. “They have smaller classes where I can get a lot of one-on-one interaction with the professors.”
Gary will study an athletic field such as sport management or athletic training and feels that Fort Wayne, which he has visited many times for games at Spiece Fieldhouse, is the perfect location.
“It's far enough to get away from home,” Gary explained, “But not too far from home. It's just right.”