PDT Sports Editor
Every high school athlete as aspirations of taking their game to the next level. Whether those aspirations are realistic or not is another story. However, only a select number of high school athletes get to experience the thrill of signing with a collegiate team. East High School’s Patrick Bias gets to experience that joyride.
On Wednesday, Bias signed with the Shawnee State University Men’s basketball program to continue his playing career.
“It’s close to home and I like the coaching staff,” Bias said. “They are all very friendly.”
The 6-foot-10-inch senior is ready for the challenges of playing at the next level.
“I have size and I can move people around and I could score at will in high school,” Bias said. “I do need to work on my footwork, so I can keep up.”
According to East High School’s Athletic Director, who also doubles as the school’s boys basketball coach, Adam Bailey, Bias has the work ethic to improve and contribute at the next level.
“He has worked extremely hard,” Bailey said. “SSU is getting a kid who will put the team first, which is going to be a great asset.”
Bailey acknowledged that this day was not only special for Bias, but it was special for East High School.
“I’m very excited,” Bailey said. “This is great for the program. This is the first kid that has signed with anyone since I have been here. It’s a great honor.”
The two-year starter brings with him a collection of honorable mentions. Bias is a First Team All SOC (Southern Ohio Conference), a First Team All-District (Coaches Association) and a Second Team All District (Associated Press) selection. He averaged 18.6 points per game to go along with 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game during his high school career.
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