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DDN: Loudon Love thanks Wright State in emotional video

Loudon Love

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Loudon Love said goodbye to Wright State University, the men’s basketball program and its fans in a YouTube video released Monday.

Love, a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year who scored 1,792 points in the last four seasons for the Raiders, signed last week with Stade Rochelais, a professional basketball team in France’s third division (NM1), instead of returning to Wright State for a fifth season.

Love looked back on his college career in the video, which was filmed at Wright State’s practice facility. Here’s what Love said:

“Dear Wright State, we first met when I was just 17. Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing over 320 pounds, my large frame and man-like figure couldn’t have been more misleading and deceptive. But at that time, I was only a kid. It is now, as a man, that I reflect on the last few years.

“I want to thank the athletic department for all the work they do for the men’s basketball program: Bob Grant; Joylynn Brown; and all the unsung heroes who do so much behind the scenes so that I was able to excel in my life as a person, in the classroom as a student and on the court as an athlete. To the training staff and my weights coach, I’m forever indebted. Coach Cole (Pittsford), J-Frank (Jason Franklin), I can’t emphasize enough the crucial role that you have played for me throughout my collegiate career. If you know my game, then you know that physicality plays a major part in my style of play, but it is also something that thanks to you guys I have grown to develop and maintain throughout the years.