Former George Rogers Clark standout Vinny Zollo has found a new home.
Zollo plans to transfer to Furman in Greenville, S.C. from Western Kentucky University to finish out his collegiate career. Zollo narrowed his list of schools to Furman and Iona College earlier this week and settled on Furman.
Zollo wants to advance to the next level and likes what Furman has to offer academically. He also likes the Paladins’s style on the court, another reason he chose Furman over Iona.
“I had a wide variety of opportunities,” he said. “It was a very tough decision for me, but I felt like Furman was more of the overall package I was looking for — someplace were I could excel on and off the court, and it’s a prestigious academic school. It’s a place where their style (of play) on the basketball court suits me as a player. I’m going to be expected to succeed and that’s huge for me.”
Furman went 15-16 last season and lost to Davidson in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Zollo started evaluating his collegiate career after the Hilltoppers lost to eventual national champion Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Hilltoppers made a successful run in the postseason and captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Western received the league’s automatic berth to the Big Dance, where it defeated Mississippi Valley State in the opening round of the tournament.
As a freshman at Western, Zollo averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He played in each of the team’s 35 games and made 14 appearances as a starter.