Former Howland player Bogan headed to Walsh

Former Howland basketball player Reece Bogan has been well-traveled over the last couple years. Come next fall, Bogan will make his way back toward the area where he grew up, as he recently signed a basketball scholarship with Walsh University, where he’ll study business.

Bogan, who transferred to High Point (North Carolina) Christian Academy back in 2014, had to re-classify himself as a sophomore, per state eligibility rules. The move took Bogan to a nationally ranked program in a basketball-proud state.

“It’s definitely a lot different down in North Carolina,” Bogan said of the difference between Ohio high school basketball and North Carolina high school ball. “North Carolina is really well-known for basketball and it put me on a national stage to get recognized.”

In fact, Bogan says that High Point Christian traveled all over the country, playing in well-known tournaments in places like Florida, and even being in nationally-televised games on ESPN.

One of his teammates, in fact, is current Kentucky Wildcats freshman forward Edrice Adebayo, a McDonald’s All-American. Bogan, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard, also played against Harry Giles, a Duke freshman who was rated as the No. 1 prep player in the country, according to ESPN.

While High Point may seem like a significant step up from his Howland days, the Mahoning Valley and North Carolina schools actually have a lot in common, according to Bogan.

“At Howland, we had our conference play (All-American Conference) against Canfield, Poland and others, and all of your conference rivals knew everything about you,” Bogan said. “Those guys knew who exactly you were and your strengths and weaknesses. In North Carolina, it’s the exact same thing. Our area (Mahoning Valley) has a lot of great competition.”

Bogan says that he hopes to improve on getting stronger and preparing for a longer college season when he gets to Walsh. He says he chose Walsh so that he could be closer to home, and mainly because the Walsh coaches have recruited him since his sophomore year at Howland, which made him feel comfortable with going there.

Reece’s dad, Bill, is a former basketball coach at Badger and Howland, and he helped Reece improve the mental side of his game. The younger Bogan said that he was in the gym every single day growing up, and he picked up on things that the average kid wouldn’t learn.

Needless to say, between his experiences on a national stage in North Carolina, his dad’s coaching wisdom and the comfort of playing for the Walsh coaching staff, Reece feels pretty good about playing basketball at the next level.

“I’ll definitely have to make an adjustment (playing at the college level),” Bogan said. “(However) the transition should be pretty easy, after playing basketball down here (in North Carolina).”