No one can ever accuse Blake “Bo” Furcron of taking the easy road.
Three years to the day he was named Lorain County Mr. Basketball, Furcron finally achieved his dream Wednesday when he announced on Twitter that he had committed to Winthrop University to play Division I basketball.
“I knew I was a Division I player, my family knew I was a Division I player,” Furcron said. “It’s a dream come true, an honor and a blessing to sign with Winthrop.”
After graduating from Elyria High in 2016, Furcron’s first stop was Division II Walsh University, where he was second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game in the 2017-18 season.
Furcron could have easily ridden those numbers into a successful Division II career with many wins and individual accolades along the way. Instead, he decided to follow his dream.
His next stop was Pratt Community College in Kansas, where Fhe thought the prospect of playing against better competition would give him another chance to catch the eye of Division I scouts.
Furcron, who was a second-team All-Ohio player as a senior for the Pioneers, will have two years of eligibility at Winthrop.
“Leaving Walsh was the hardest decision I’ve made in a long time,” Furcron said. “A lot of people, and I emphasis a lot, thought I was making the wrong decision. I loved my teammates at Walsh so it was really hard to leave, but I trusted my talent and my skills and I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone, and it got me to Winthrop.”
It was one of Furcron’s teammates at Walsh, Chandler Vaudrin, who set the stage for Furcron to make the move. Vaudrin transferred to Winthrop after his sophomore year and has been trying to sell Furcron on the idea of joining him ever since.
On Sunday, Furcron made an official visit to the Winthrop campus in Rock Hill, S.C.
After meeting with the coaches, he knew he was ready for the next step in his basketball odyssey.
“They talk about family a lot and that was important to me,” Furcron said. “They wanted a mature junior to come in and play right away. They wanted someone to score at a high level. I’ve been doing that all my life.”
In 32 games this season at Pratt, Furcron, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
“Going to Kansas was everything I expected it to be,” he said. “It was a culture shock but it was some of the best basketball competition I’ve ever faced. It’s been a humbling experience but it’s made me a better player and a smarter player.
“I’m not the biggest guy ever and playing against guys much bigger than myself I had to learn when and where to pick my spots.”
Furcron said he felt like he owed it to his family — especially his 13-year-old brother — friends and the people back home in Elyria who supported him to keep following his dream.
“It wasn’t the most convenient path, what I did isn’t for everyone but it’s my story,” Furcron said. “My story can tell anybody that if you have faith in yourself, faith in God and you’re willing to follow your heart, nine times out of 10, you’re going to make the right decision.”