Posted On: 10/3/17 6:00 AM
Most kids pick one sport to focus on. But, Beechcroft’s Datrey Long (2018), a super quick 6’3”-6’4” combo guard, is aiming to keep the dream alive by becoming a two-sport athlete in college.
“I think I might go play college football and basketball,” Long said.
The most obvious challenge to this goal is finding a college to do it at. But it seems that Long has identified a potential fit in Central State.
Long told us that he’s established a good relationship with the coaching staff of both their football and basketball teams.
“They talk to my dad with what they’re suggesting and would [playing both] be one of my options … I got a visit coming up shortly,” Long said.
Long still hasn’t received a scholarship offer in either sport.
He did also mention that there is football interest from Youngstown State.
Additionally, Goshen and Ashland have shown interest on the basketball side of things. But, after a visit to Goshen, it’s unlikely that he’ll continue to pursue the program.
“I went to Goshen … I don’t think I fit in there,” Long said.
At the moment, Long carries a 2.7 GPA and a score of 15 on the ACT.
There’s high expectations for Beechcroft next season. They enter the season as one of the front-runners in the Columbus City League. Also, they could make a run in the state tournament at the Division II level.
“Beechcroft coming strong this year … I just know we’re going to do big things this season,” Long said.
As the team’s point guard, team success could help Long’s recruitment. Simply getting more scout’s eyes on him could be crucial, as he played on-and-off this summer with All Ohio Black. However, in the couple games we were able to watch Long, he impacted the game with his defensive instincts, length, and quickness.
“I’d just say overall, can’t nobody stay in front of me, like scoring,” Long said.
Going forward, the transition playmaker is focused on cutting down turnovers.