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College basketball: Elyria grad Bo Furcron changes his mind, will play at Florida International with fellow Lorain County Mr. Basketball winner Devon Andrews

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For the second time in as many months, Elyria High grad Blake “Bo” Furcron has committed to play Division I basketball.

This time he’s sure he made the right choice.

Over the weekend, Furcron orally committed to Florida International University. He will officially sign his letter of intent later this week.

After spending his sophomore year at Pratt Community College, in Pratt, Kan., Furcron had originally committed to Winthrop. He will have two years of eligibility remaining when he gets to FIU.

“I think last time I rushed into a decision,” said Furcron, who was named Lorain County’s Mr. Basketball in 2016 as the top senior. “I came to the conclusion I should reopen my recruitment and FIU came at me hard. I know now that this is the best decision for me.”

Furcron won’t be the only Lorain County Mr. Basketball on campus when he gets to Miami. Devon Andrews, a Lorain High grad and the 2015 Mr. Basketball winner, is also on the Panthers roster.

“Devon played a role in helping recruit me,” Furcron said. “He verified everything I heard about the school and how great the coaches are. He shared with me his vision of where he sees the team going next year and it really got me excited.”

After visiting the Florida International campus Furcron was ready to make a commitment.

“When I went on my visit I had a feeling like I’ve never had before,” Furcron said. “I was ecstatic, I felt like I found my home.”

After growing up in Michigan, spending his teenage years in Ohio and playing the past year in Kansas, Furcron ls looking forward to enjoying sunshine, palm trees and warm ocean breezes when he’s not on the court or in the classroom, where he’ll be majoring in sociology.

“I can’t say (weather) made my decision,” Furcron said. “But getting off that plane in Miami and being greeted with warm sunshine sure didn’t hurt.”

Florida international made its only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. The Panthers are coming off a 20-14 season that ended with a second-round loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

One of the biggest factors in Furcron’s decision was Florida International coach Jeremy Ballard and his pro-style offense.

“Coach Ballard runs an offense with a lot of motion, like you see in the NBA,” Furcron said. “The things the coaching staff focuses on are things that would carry over to playing in the G League or the NBA or even overseas. They want to develop me into a professional basketball player and that’s always been my goal.”

Although Furcron’s college basketball has taken him across the country since he originally enrolled as a freshman at Walsh University he doesn’t look at is a difficult journey.

“To some people it seems like I’ve been through a lot and it’s wasn’t the most ideal journey,” Furcron said. “But I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’m playing basketball and getting my education for free. It’s been stressful at times but if this is the worst struggle I go through I will have truly had a blessed life.”

Contact Todd Shapiro at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.


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