Part of Alan Vest wanted to forge his own path and start a new legacy, but a lifetime love affair with Wright State University and a coaching staff he respected and trusted were too much to ignore.
The Chaminade Julienne senior verbally committed to play for the Raiders on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of his father Mark (Class of 1986) and brother Matt (Class of 2014).
“I tried not to make it about my family and what they’ve done,” Alan said. “I tried to ride it out and see what else would arise. But it’s such a great program with a lot of dedicated fans. They’re always a contender for the conference title, and they have such a great coaching staff.
“That’s what really made my decision, the coaches there,” he added.
WSU coach Billy Donlon is not allowed to comment on recruits until the November signing period, but it’s hard to imagine him being anything other than thrilled given his close relationship with the family.
Mark Vest ranks eighth on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,559), is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame and was a former broadcaster for the team. Matt ranks fifth in program history in games played (123) and eighth in career 3-point percentage (.443).
“I grew up a Raider,” Alan said. “I’ve been raised to know what the college and the program are all about.”
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound forward averaged 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals for last year while leading the Eagles to a Division III district championship.
He thrives on mismatches with an ability to shoot over smaller players who try to guard him while being quick enough to beat larger defenders off the dribble.
He said he plans on majoring in finance or something else in the business field, but his main focus at the moment is on getting CJ to the state tournament for the first time since 2004.
“The ultimate goal would be to win a state championship,” Alan said. “That would be a great way to end my career at CJ. I just want to be there for my teammates and be there for my coaches and make sure I’m doing my best to help us get where we need to be.”
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