McDonald’s Greaver heading to Waynesburg

Kenny Greaver flipped through the old press clipping of his father Kenn.

The younger Greaver looked at the way his father exploited the competition while he played basketball at Hiram College.

It’s something that became embedded into the McDonald senior’s mind from a young age.

“I would say I was trying to follow in my dad’s footsteps when I was a little kid,” Kenny Greaver said.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound forward is now carving his own path to the collegiate level.

He had offers from Grove City, Westminster, Mount Union and others, but the Blue Devils senior, who averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per game, is taking his talents across the state line to Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.

“I got along with the guys really well. The coach brought me in like I was part of the family,” Greaver said.

He goes to a team with a lot of upside, coming off a 15-13 season.

“Waynesburg has a lot of kids returning. So, Kenny realized it might be a year or two before he gets considerable playing time,” McDonald boys basketball coach Jeff Rasile said. “Kenny’s 6-4, long arms and the best shot blocker I’ve seen in a long time. He’s got some tools that should lead to some success at college.”

With most high school seniors, it’s the great unknown if they will grow anymore.

Rasile would like to take that bet that Greaver might expand into a monstrous NCAA Division III talent.

“The thing for Kenny is he could be a diamond in the rough for any program,” Rasile said. “He’s going to put some weight on. He may grow a couple of more inches. He may end up 6-6, 240 and be an absolute bull at the next level.

“He’s got good post moves and can flat out hit the 12-footer.”

Greaver said Waynesburg has told him that he’ll be expected to put on 15 to 20 pounds of muscle.

He added his ball handling needs to improve, but he’s excited about the new adventure and the chance to play a different style of basketball.

“I’ve watched Waynesburg play and they get after it,” Greaver said. “The game’s a lot more physical, which definitely I like. I like to be physical in high school, but sometimes I have to be more tentative with it. I like to know I can get away with a little more physical play.”

Greaver doesn’t plan to be a dye-in-the-wool post player. He can take the 10- to 12-foot jumper as well.

Oh, did we mention he can shoot the 3? He hasn’t done that at McDonald, but you can rest assured it is in Greaver’s arsenal.

“About eighth grade when I realized I wasn’t going to be 6-9, 6-10. I had to be more than a one-dimensional player, harder to scout for,” Greaver said.

He’s going to major in biology and has aspirations to work in a pharmaceutical company’s research lab.

Greaver did his research into Waynesburg and realized McDonald graduate Christian Rusinowski plays football for the Yellow Jackets.

Both will be donning the orange and brown colors of Waynesburg next season.

“It’s always nice walking into a university where you know people. It’s definitely a scary adjustment where you’re going in blind. Having him there definitely helped,” Greaver said.