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Jake Straughan signs with University of Idaho basketball

Jake Straughan signs with University of Idaho basketball
COLTON, WA - A local star-athlete made it official Wednesday, he's going to be a Vandal.

Colton High senior Jake Straughan has officially committed to the University of Idaho to play basketball for coach Don Verlin and the Vandals! Wednesday evening was his signing day, as you saw right there, where Jake signed a full-ride scholarship to eventually become a major part of the Vandals hoops team.

His coach at Colton, Seth Paine explains why it's hard to see kids like Jake leave, while Jake shows his excitement.

"It's the next four to five years of my life, and I'm excited to go to the University of Idaho and play basketball," said Straughan. "They have a great program, it fits me really well, and I'm really excited."

"It's tough because you grow to understand who they are as people," Paine. "As a young man, you see them come in as a 13, 14-year-old and leave as a 17, 18-year-old young man...and the things you go through, it's not about the game itself, it's about the relationship that you build and that's what I'll miss the most."

"I mean I'm so excited, I don't even have any words to say," said Straughan. "It's been my goal as a kid to play Division 1 basketball and now I get to do it, so I've accomplished my dream."

Just to throw out a few stats as to why Jake was offered a place on the Vandals during his junior year? Last season alone he scored 568 points, averaging 26 points per game, while averaging seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals per game...that's beastly. Before heading to Idaho, he's got one more season coming up with the Colton Wildcats, so catch him while you can. Big congrats to Jake!
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