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Schwab to play for William Penn

OGLESBY — Former St. Bede and IVCC standout Alec Schwab will continue his basketball career at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Schwab will be joining a Statesmen team that finished second in the NAIA Division II national championships last season and 12-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference wtih an overall 34-2 record. He received a full-ride scholarship.

“I can’t wait to play with a good team and a good traditional team,” Schwab said. “From what I’ve been told, their fan base is amazing and the school really enjoys the athletics. Coach (John) Henry has so much passion for the game that I know it’ll make me play and work that much harder to be a successful individual and team.”

Schwab, the 2011 BCR co-Athlete of the Year, was named a third team NJCAA Division II All-American following a season in which he averaged 19.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Eagles, 18-11.

He said IVCC coach Tommy Canale helped him prepare for the next step of his career.

“I couldn’t be more grateful of what Coach Canale has done for me in making me so much of a better player when I stepped in at IVCC,” Schwab said. “He couldn’t have been a better coach for me inside and out of basketball. He has been really great and I’ll miss him and my IVCC teammates.

“I hope I can bring what learned to help coach Henry get that national championship.”

Former Putnam County and IVCC star Kevin Fay was a member of William Penn’s national runner-up team and will return for his senior season this fall. While Schwab and Fay’s paths did not cross at IVCC, Canale said it is neat they get to play together at William Penn.

“They both will do great there and Alec will fit like a glove there. He will love Coach Henry and the style fits his game,” Canale said. “The best part is they both get to play at IVCC one last time on Oct. 26 as we are going to scrimmage their varsity that day. Will be fun.

“I’m very happy for Alec as he deserves the best. He’s a great kid.”

William Penn will play again at IVCC when WPU comes to the Hilltop Oct. 26 for an exhibition game against the Eagles.

• Schwab could find yet more familiar faces at William Penn. Canale told the BCR that Princeton’s Michael Murray, who also completed his two-year hoops career at IVCC, could follow Schwab to William Penn to play both basketball and baseball.

Murray is also considering attending ISU to play baseball or use his remaining year of eligibility of baseball at IVCC or another junior college, Canale said.

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