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BASKETBALL: Former Lake Orion superstar Drew Maynard comes home to finish college career at Rochester College

6-7 forward will play senior year with Rochester College Warriors

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ROCHESTER – Drew Maynard has returned.

On Friday, Rochester College officially announced that the former Oakland University starting forward, who was a three-time all-state selection in high school at Lake Orion, will return home to Oakland County to play his final year of college basketball with the Warriors.

After transferring from OU midway through his junior campaign, the 6-foot-7 Maynard played at Division II Valdosta State down in Georgia this past season.

“It feels real good to come back,” he said at a small gathering of coaches, friends and family Friday afternoon at Rochester College. “This is where my roots are and where I have the necessary support network in place to provide me the best opportunity to have a memorable last season playing college ball. I’m going to help the team out anyway I can and I look forward to becoming part of the Warrior community.”

Maynard, a smooth and athletic perimeter threat, was one of the area’s most heavily sought after recruits coming out of Lake Orion in 2008, where he was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state by ESPN. Although he started for a solid chunk of his career at OU, squabbles with head coach Greg Kampe and an internal disciplinary suspension led to his leaving the Golden Grizzlies program on December 28, 2010.

He averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game last season at Valdosta State. Due to a medical redshirt year and not playing enough games during his third season at OU, Maynard has one year of college eligibility left.

Rochester College head coach Klint Pleasant is thrilled to have the former Division I player in the mix, even if it’s just for one season.

“We’re very excited for the chance to get Drew into our program and over this next year, see him grow as a person and a student as well as a player,” Pleasant said. “I think there’s going to be a smooth transition. His skills as an athlete and as a shooter are undeniable. He has the potential to make a big impact here, for sure.”

Pleasant and Maynard have a prior relationship that stems from Pleasant recruiting Maynard as a prepster back in the late 2000s when he was an assistant coach at Kent State. Another key to Maynard landing with the Warriors was the fact that he used to attend basketball camps at Rochester College as a kid when Garth Pleasant, Klint’s father, was head coach.

“I grew up around here and I know the Pleasant family and the Rochester College program very well, dating to all the way back to when I was in elementary school,” Maynard commented. “That kind of familiarity was just one more thing telling me this is the place where I need to be to finish my career.”

Last season, Pleasant took Rochester College to a 26-7 overall record and an appearance in the USCAA National Championship Game, where they fell 54-51 to Oakwood College of Alabama.

The upcoming campaign will see the Warriors move up into NAIA competition, however, still remain a member of the USCAA.

Last Updated: 5/18/2012 10:15:27 PM EST

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