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.