Wooster To Play For St. Francis

April 16, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff writer

Saying he "liked everything about the school from academics to basketball," Rob Wooster of Annapolis High has accepted a full scholarshipto St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

Wooster, the only boys basketball player to repeat as the Anne Arundel County Sun Player of theYear (1991 and 1992), led the county in scoring last season, averaging 26 points a game. He became only the third player in Annapolis history to crack the 1,000-point milestone (1,001).

"Everything combined, the school, community, basketball program, I liked everything about St. Francis," said Wooster who visited the Division I Northeast Conference school this past weekend.

"What really appealed to me was that there are only 1,100 students in the school, which means I will get a lot of personal attention in the classroom. I like their international business and marketing curriculum and expect to get a good education there."

Wooster also liked the factthat he "might see some playing time as a freshman." That was a factor in his decision to select St. Francis over Navy, East Carolina, California State (Pa.) and Washington College on the Eastern Shore.

Coach Jim Baron, who led the Red Flash to a 24-8 record two years ago, including a first-round loss to Arizona in the NCAA playoffs. Baronlost four starters from that team, including guard Mike Iuzzolino, who currently is playing with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.

The Red Flash fell to 13-16 last season and lost its two best three-point shooters. Wooster was one of the top long-range shooters in the metro area and figures to play guard and small forward in college.

Deadly from the free-throw line (.880), Wooster also has the ability to scorefrom anywhere on the court. He set an Annapolis school record for three-pointers in a season (56) and career (103). His strengths parallel the style of play used by the Red Flash.

Wooster knows it's going to take a lot of dedication to play in his first year.

"No question that I'm going to have to work my butt off this summer to get ready," said Wooster. "I've got to keep up a steady pace of shooting drills, wear strength shoes, lift weights and play in the outdoor leagueat Truxtun Park."

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