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Wis. Rapids freshman verbally commits to Marquette


A freshman basketball star in Wisconsin Rapids already knows where he'll play in college. Philip Flory, 15, verbally committed to attend Marquette University in 2017.

Flory says he's always liked basketball, “when I was about four years old, I started watching it on TV."

He says he's always liked one team in particular.

"I always liked Marquette," said Flory.

The freshman at East Junior High in Wisconsin Rapids hasn't even taken to the court for his first game this year, but he does know he'll be a Golden Eagle in college.

"It was amazing, I didn't even know that was going to happen. It was such a shock," Flory told Newsline 9.

Flory says he visited Marquette University last week, even taking some shots with the team.

"He was out there running like he was one of the Marquette guys already," said Wendy Flory, Philip's mother.

Wendy Flory says that's when they headed to Coach Buzz Williams' office.

"He told me that I was the guy that they needed," said Flory.

The 15-year-old calls the decision a no-brainier.

"I’m so happy that I committed to them, now I’m just ready to play for Rapids basketball for the next four years," added Flory.

"He can just enjoy his high school basketball career, which is what every kid lives for, and just knowing where he's going to be," said Wendy Flory.

Apparently it runs in the family. Flory's father, the man who introduced him to the game, is a Marquette alum.

"Now I get to follow my dad and go to Marquette," said Flory.

"I think the work ethic that he put in is what Coach Williams knew about and saw and realized that Philip is going to get nothing but better," said Flory's current coach, Dan Witter.

In four years, when Flory finally puts on the navy blue and gold, his family says they'll be there every step of the way.

"There won't be one game that we'll miss," said Flory.

Until then, Flory's sure to get in plenty of shots -- hoping to bring the state title to Wisconsin Rapids.

Philip Flory is the youngest player to be extended an offer by Coach Williams according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The 15-year-old will take the court for his first game as a freshman later this year.

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