After leading Dayton Thurgood Marshall to a Division II state runner-up finish this season, All-Ohio point guard Juwan Staten has decided to transfer to basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.).
We caught up with Staten and he discussed his decision.
Ohio High first reported Monday that Dayton Thurgood
Marshall point guard Juwan Staten was entertaining the thought of transferring
to basketball powerhouse
Staten has made up his mind.
After weighing his options with his family and friends,
Staten has made the decision to transfer.
“My mind is set,” Staten said. “We talked to (Oak Hill head
coach) Steve Smith and let him know that we’ve accepted and I let him know that
I plan on going out there this year.”
Staten said he will finish his junior year at
play AAU basketball for the All-Ohio Red squad. He plans on taking a visit to Oak Hil (41-1), which finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country
this season in most national polls, this summer and start school there when classes begin in September.
Staten, who scored 20.4 points per game this past season and led
Marshall to a Division II state runner-up finish, mulled the decision for a few
days after Smith paid him and his family a visit this past weekend at the
Bill Hensley Memorial Run ‘N Slam AAU tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana All-Ohio Red was playing in.
“I wanted to talk to my family about it and make sure it was
the right decision and make sure all the academic stuff was good and make sure
it would be something that would benefit me in the long run,” he said.
“We decided it was a good decision and it is something that
I was interested in doing and something that would benefit my future so we
decided to go with it.
“You know all the stuff about the basketball with the
history and the players and the coach and the type of situation. But we really
wanted to know about the academic part of it and the living part of it and the
stuff away from basketball.”
Staten, who is currently ranked No. 55 in the ESPNU Super 60 and was a second team All-Ohio selection this season,
informed Smith Tuesday night.
“When we talked to (Smith) last night we learned about all
those things. It made it very easy for us to make the decision,” he said. “I
feel it will make me be more prepared for college, not only for basketball but
A University of Dayton verbal, Staten said he is holding strong to his commitment
to the Flyers.
“I am wholeheartedly for UD,” he said. “I am not looking for
another school and that is the school I am with. This move will just prepare me
better for when I get to UD.”
Although the transfer presents a good opportunity for him on
the court and away from it, Staten admitted it was a tough decision.
“I was talking to my friends about it and my teammates. They
all feel that it is a great move for me but they all wish I could stay too so
we could continue what we have going on here. But they all understand and they
wish the best for me,” he said.
“It’s bittersweet but it makes it better when I know I have
my family and friends behind me.”