HENDERSONVILLE - Beech senior basketball standout Dyilin Hoosier signed his academic and athletic scholarship papers on Thursday afternoon, continuing his career on the hardwood with Welch College.
The newest member of the Flames basketball team, Hoosier will have the luxury of playing his home games right down the road from his friends, family, ex-teammates and coaches in Gallatin.
“Number one, he is a high-character kid,” Welch basketball coach Greg Fawbush said. “Number two, he has a hard work ethic and number three he fits the style we want to transition to. He fits exactly what we want which is an up-tempo pressing pace and he fits that perfectly.”
Hoosier is an up-tempo guard that has the ability to push the pace, run the show and finish around the rim when needed. The senior spent only one season with the Beech basketball program, but says he will take many lessons learned to the next stage of his career.
“It was great, people here accepted me as one of their own,” Hoosier said. “Coach (Kip) Brown has always taught me to play hard and believe in ourselves at all times. Those are two things I will take with me. He always pushed us hard to get the best out of us.”
The 17-year-old from Hendersonville will study sports management during his four years at Welch.
“Number one thing we offer some schools don’t is how relationship oriented we are,” Fawbush said of what Hoosier will get from Welch College. “He is going to find our College is intentional about developing a relationship with him and helping him grow in his academics, emotionally and spiritually.”
“A success story for me is playing all four years,” Hoosier said of his signing. “I want to play college basketball for all four years, not just one year. This is a dream of mine I’ve always had. If it’s possible, and I know it is, I will play all four years for Welch.”
Hoosier will graduate in May with the Class of 2018 before heading to Welch full-time for off-season training.