Devin Cheaney will never forget the connection the Batavia boys basketball team had together this past season.
"We had a great year," said Cheaney, a Bulldogs senior forward said. "I wish we won that regional championship game [vs. Glenbard East], but that was a great game. If we were to lose a game, that would be the way I'd want to lose: Overtime, everybody trying their hardest. We all played great games."
After two varsity basketball and football seasons apiece, the 6-foot-8 big man will soon take his next steps forward on the collegiate basketball floor.
Cheaney announced his commitment to Hope College (Division III) in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Cheaney mulled offers from Hope, Illinois Wesleyan and Augustana, but Cheaney ultimately zeroed in on the Flying Dutchmen.
Cheaney has an older brother, Colin, at Illinois Wesleyan but that didn't deter him from making his own decision.
"Hope was constantly keeping in-[touch] with me, and coach [Greg] Mitchell, who is the head coach, was a really big part in my recruiting," Cheaney said. "So, I felt a great connection with him."
Cheaney this past season proved to be an important cog for the Bulldogs (16-15) frontcourt alongside Jayden Johnson. Cheaney averaged nine points and eight rebounds for the Class 4A regional runner-ups.
Cheaney took a visit to the campus in January and his connection and affinity for the program grew.
"Coach Mitchell did a really good job explaining their philosophies on offense," Cheaney said. [Hope has] a really great forward [Preston Granger]...their whole offense is built around him and getting him a bunch of touches [and] letting him try to drive down hill."
"That's all the stuff that interested me and checks out all my boxes on what I can do offensively," Cheaney said. "I just felt it was a great fit for me to do great not just academically, but athletically there too."