TaRon Ayers says the first thing he can remember holding in his hands was a basketball.
“My whole family has sports in its blood,” he commented. “I just loved the game.”
Family, teammates and school officials were on hand Tuesday afternoon at Wyoming East as he signed to play collegiate hoops at Glenville State College.
He won’t be the only Ayers there. His brother, Jaquan, signed to play football for the Pioneers a few months ago.
Ayers visited the campus a couple of times and liked it. And GSC has a new, state-of-the-art basketball arena, the Waco Center.
“It’s amazing,” Ayers said.
“I definitely have to get stronger in the weight room (for college ball),” he commented. “I’m always working on all aspects of my game.”
Ayers joined the Warriors at mid-season of the 2013-14 campaign.
He says his most memorable moment was when he found out he would get to play.
“When the judge said I was eligible, I was so excited that I was going to play my senior year,” he commented.
Ayers, who played at Summers County last season, said the move to New Richmond went smoothly.
“I love the people down here,” he remarked.
He averaged 15 points per game for the Warriors and was named third team all-state in Class AA. His season high was 31 in the sectional championship game against Westside.
Ayers, who plans to major in business, thanked his family, friends and coaches.
Now, he says, he’s ready “to win some championships at Glenville.”
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.