Green senior Dan Fanelly is sticking with his initial commitment to the College of Wooster.
Fanelly, a 6-foot-6 two-sport athlete, has decided he will continue his academic and basketball careers at Wooster.
Fanelly said he first committed to Wooster on Feb. 9 and then re-affirmed his decision on April 24 after also considering Tiffin and Walsh.
“It felt like the place I wanted to be,” Fanelly said. “I couldn’t make up my mind of which Divisions I wanted to play for a little bit. They have been to everyone of my games and showed a lot of interest in me, and I felt like that was the right place.”
Fanelly, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, will get a partial academic scholarship from Wooster. He plans to major in business finance and economics.
Fanelly lettered three years in basketball and earned four in golf at Green. He was a Division I district golf qualifier as a junior and senior. The Bulldogs basketball team was a Division I district finalist his sophomore and junior years, and a district semifinalist his senior year.
“He has probably made the most strides in his high school career as any player we have had,” Green coach Mark Kinsley said. “As a freshman, he didn’t play on the junior varsity team. He played on the freshmen team and worked to get better. He came off the bench on varsity as a sophomore and gave us good minutes. Then, as a junior he started and played well. He really improved a lot as a senior.”
Fanelly earned the Associated Press Northeast Ohio Inland District Division I Player of the Year award this past season and was named to the All-Ohio first team. He averaged 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.8 steals per game. He was the team leader in all four categories. His parents, Dan and Carrie, were athletes at Green and Manchester, respectively.
Kinsley, a 1984 Green graduate who completed his 15thseason as coach, said Fanelly is the first player in the boys basketball program’s history to be an All-Ohio first-team selection and a district Player of the Year.
“He is a great kid who improved in all aspects, not just on the floor, but also mentally,” Kinsley said. “I think he will continue to improve in college at Wooster, who has a very good program.”