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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Conway makes his choice

  • St. James standout decides to play basketball at Westminster College.
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  • After considering several colleges, St. James High School boys’ basketball standout Addison Conway made his decision and quickly acted on it.
    Early last week Conway was still unsure where he was going to go. However, once he decided, he quickly signed to attend and play basketball at Westminster College, a NCAA Division III program located in Fulton, Mo.
    Before deciding on Westminster Conway had also considered Central Methodist College, Fontbonne University and College of the Ozarks.
    “I really like their coach,” Conway said of Westminster Blue Jay head coach Matt Mitchell. “And the school is really small. I’m from a smaller school and I like that; the classes aren’t very big. Everyone I talked to said they love it. And my dad talked to their (school) president and they have real good academics.”
    Conway plans to major in accounting.
    A 6-6 forward, Conway was an All-Four Rivers Conference and all-district player for the St. James Tigers as a senior. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game to help St. James finish with a 19-8 record during the 2013-14 campaign.
    Conway has already been invited to participate in the Pilz & Friends All-Star Game, to be held in July on the campus of the College of the Ozarks.
    Conway is a strong leaper, has sprinter’s track speed and also ran high school cross country. That, along with his 6-6 frame, made Conway an attractive recruit to Mitchell.
    And despite a lanky build, Conway has some grit - he was one of the team’s top receivers on the Tiger football squad as a senior.
    He projects out as a small forward or power forward for the Jays, who are coming off a 14-12 record, including a 11-7 record in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).
    “They’re lacking some height,” Conway said of Westminster. “I’m mostly a (power forward); I’m really not (a post), but I kind of had to be this year.
    “I need to get stronger. And I need to work on my outside shot and probably my ball handling. I need to be more confident, too.”
    Going in Conway is familiar with some of the Jay players, including former Rolla Bulldogs Jay Zalis and Keegan Garner as well as Dixon’s Solomon Weider.
    “I know Jay and Keegan,” he said. “And I went to the same camp with Weider and got to know him.”
    Westminster has both a varsity and junior varsity program. Conway hopes to work himself into the varsity rotation as a freshman.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Just the way the coach talked, you play if you work hard, so that’s what I plan on doing,” Conway said. “Probably my ability to work hard (is a strength). I would say my quickness helps, too. When I’m facing the basket I do well. And I have a height advantage at times.”
    Conway’s cousin, Brittany Harris-Conway, is a key player for the Webster University women’s basketball team, which is a SLIAC rival of Westminster.

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