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Ironton's Carter, Fletcher going to Walsh University

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

IRONTON -- Ironton High School basketball fans wondering where 5-10 guard Zac Carter and 6-6 forward Trey Fletcher would continue their careers got the answer Monday.

Carter and Fletcher are headed to Walsh University, a private Catholic school in North Canton, Ohio. The Cavaliers, a long-time NAIA power, make the transition to NCAA Division II in 2013-14. The duo signed letters of intent Monday in the Ironton High auditorium with family, teammates and Fighting Tigers coach Mark LaFon looking on.

"It feels great to get the whole thing over with," Carter said. "I'm ready to start a new life. College. I'm going to have to work hard in school and basketball if I want to get a starting position. I have to earn that spot. Nothing's going to be given to me."

"It's been a good, long process," Fletcher said. "It's a relief it (recruiting) is over. I've got to work to earn time on the floor. However I can help the team is what it's all about."

Carter averaged 24.1 points per game as Ironton posted a 23-3 record in 2012-13. The Fighting Tigers reached the Ohio Division III State Tournament where they lost to Ottawa Glandorf, 61-60, in overtime in the semifinals in Columbus. Carter made All-Ohio first team and was the Southeast District Player of the Year as well.

Fletcher hit for 20.5 points and grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game. He made All-Ohio third team.

Walsh went 18-8 overall last season was was 14-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Cavaliers won a the NAIA national title in 2005 and finished runner-up in 2010. In 10 years under coach Jeff Young, Walsh is 242-52.

West Virginia University's Bob Huggins got his start as a head coach at Walsh. He spent three seasons with the Cavaliers and his overall record was 71-26, including 34-1 in 1982-83 (his final year).

"Both of them decided they wanted to go to a university that takes basketball seriously," LaFon said. "Walsh does. They have an opportunity to get a good education. They have their work cut out for them now. Both will have to fight for a spot.

"They a long tradition of good basketball and good coaches. They'll fit in. If they do the work, they'll find themselves some playing time."

Carter and Fletcher plan to major in physical therapy.

The signing means Carter and Fletcher will be together another four years. They got their start in youth basketball.

"It's great. I've got someone I can trust and count on," Fletcher said. "We're ready to start a new chapter of life."

"It makes it easier on me to have someone who I've played ball with my whole life."

Earlier this spring, 6-4 Fighting Tigers forward Trevor White signed to play at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

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