NewsMVNU Men's Basketball Team Signs Fairlawn Standout
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s basketball team has added a key recruit for the 2005-2006 season with the addition of Andy Francis, who has decided to further his education and continue his basketball career with the Cougars.
Francis, a 6-foot-2 guard from Sidney, Ohio, averaged 21.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game as a senior at Fairlawn High School as he was named to the All-Ohio Second Team. He finished his career as the all-time leading scorer at Fairlawn with 1,657 points, which also ranked second in Shelby County. In addition, Francis made the fourth-most free throws in Ohio high school history with 514. He was a three-time Southwest District First Team, Shelby County First Team, and District 9 First Team selection
"Andy had an excellent high school career and I believe he has the potential to be a strong player at the college level,” said MVNU head coach Scott Flemming. "He has played multiple positions, and I plan on using his versatility in our program as well. He is physically stronger than most athletes coming out of high school. He is also a consistent perimeter shooter. I was impressed with his ability to make big plays when the game was on the line.”
"Andy’s personality and his family background will make him a good fit with our present players,” Flemming added. "He is serious about academics, and his commitment to be a pre-med major tells me a lot about him as a person.”
In addition to playing basketball, Francis is a member of National Honor Society, the president of Fairlawn’s student council, and the vice president of the Greenview youth group.
"The reason I have chosen to attend MVNU is because I am going to major in pre-med and I believe they have a great program in which I could excel,” said Francis of his college choice. "I also think that they have great facilities and atmosphere along with the sports programs.”
MVNU posted a 21-11 overall record in 2004-2005 as the Cougars topped the 20-win mark for the eighth time in nine seasons. The team also finished third in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division with an 11-7 mark and qualified for the AMC Tournament.