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Alan Case picks Moorpark

by Staff

The Northern Nevada 4A basketball Player of the Year has made a collegiate selection.

Alan Case, a 6-4, 195-pound guard who lead South Tahoe to 27 wins and a state semifinal appearance, will attend Moorpark Community College in Southern California. His choices had been narrowed to Moorpark and Nevada.

“I like what (Moorpark coach Remy McCarthy) can do for me. He used to be an assistant at Utah and is well connected to Division 1 schools,” said Case, who turned down an offer to walk on from UNR coach Pat Foster. “(UNR) basically wanted me to try and earn a scholarship next year. But it wasn’t certain I could get one. Maybe it will workout at Nevada in a couple of years. This will be a better situation for now.”

Case said McCarthy will play him in the No. 2 or 3 position, a spot the former point guard says is more natural for him.

“(McCarthy) told me I’d probably get some good playing time. I’d have to earn it, but a starting position would be likely,” he said.

The Moorpark coach was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.

Case said he had garnered some Division 1 interest from Utah State and BYU, as well as Nevada. But none offered an immediate scholarship. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hamper Case’s desire to play at college’s highest level.

“I thought I could’ve gotten more Division 1 interest. Scouts don’t usually come to Northern Nevada, so I don’t know how much exposure I got,” said Case, who was recently selected by the USA Today as one of the top players in Nevada. “I’ll play D-1 someday. It was a good experience at South Tahoe. If you can play for coach (Tom) Orlich, you can probably handle any other coach in the country. I’ll have some good memories.

“I need to get stronger, improve my shot and ball handling. (Moorpark) is a good decision for me and it’s nice to have it out of the way.”

Other Vikings have also made college hoops choices. Forward Casey Dowling will attend Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo, while shooting guard Aaron Buckman is leaning toward Sierra Junior College.

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