ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN (WCIA) — St. Joseph-Ogden basketball star, Ty Pence, has made a decision on where he’s going to college. The senior wanted to go close to home and somewhere his family has gone, Illinois State.

The wing will be playing under new head coach Ryan Pedon, who left an assistant job at Ohio State to be a head coach. Pence has nearly a dozen Division I offers including several high major schools like Illinois, Wake Forest, Iowa State and DePaul, to go along with in-state mid-majors Illinois State, Bradley and Loyola, just to name a few. Pence said the coaching staff and being close to home were two big reasons he chose the Redbirds.

“I really felt like I was a priority there and that they really wanted me and I really thought I fit in well to their system and I just really liked their coaching staff,” Pence said. “I really just wanted to help try to turn around Illinois State basketball and I wanted to be a part of that while Illinois State tries to turn it around.”

Pence said he wanted to make a decision before his high school basketball season begins so he can enjoy his final year with the Spartans. After averaging 24 points a game last season, Ty will be one of the area’s premiere players. He will try to lead the Spartans to back-to-back regional titles, ending his prep career at the school that’s meant so much to him.