Terre Haute, IN – For the second time in a two week span, the Indiana State men’s basketball team has added a player to their roster from the Terre Haute area.
On April 11, Sycamores head coach Greg Lansing brought in Vincennes Lincoln forward Ethan Claycomb, and on Saturday he added Terre Haute South Vigo High School’s Matt Deady.
The news was first reported when WTHI’s Rick Semmler tweeted that the family of Deady had informed him of Deady’s decision and was later confirmed when Deady retweeted a congratulatory tweet from WTWO’s Brett Edwards.
Deady, a 6’5” high school senior, put together a well-rounded final season where he averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game for the Braves.
Like Claycomb, Deady will join ISU’s 2016-17 roster as a preferred walk-on but will have an adjustment
that his soon-to-be Sycamore teammate won’t have to go through.
In high school, the 6’7” Claycomb played forward, the position he is likely to play for Indiana State, while Deady is expected to make the transition to shooting guard.
Looking at his height and weight (185 pounds), Deady has the body type of the typical shooting guard or small forward, but for Terre Haute South, he was often asked to play the center position, as he was the tallest player on the team.
Although the adjustment could cause growing pains, playing against bigger players in the post during his high school days could give him an edge to post up smaller guards on the offensive end, while making it tough to get around him on defense.
Deady played a vital role in South’s 2016 sectional championship, the school’s first since 2009, and will now make the short trip to the Hulman Center, where he will add his name to the long list of former Wabash Valley players that played at Indiana State.