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Ex-Viking Rynd to play hoops at the Rock

Maxx Rynd

Former Venango Catholic standout Maxx Rynd will continue his basketball career at Division II Slippery Rock University.

Rynd is Venango Catholic's all-time leading scorer with 1,749 points, was the three-time scoring leader in District 9 and the district's Player of the Year each of the past two seasons.

This past year, Rynd averaged 25.4 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per contest. He also averaged 6.8 assists and 3.3 steals.

"It is where I wanted to go for the most part," Rynd said of Slippery Rock. "Their point guard just graduated this year, so I might see some time. Their coach (Kevin Reynolds) is really nice. The conference is pretty good and I want good competition."

Rynd was also considering Robert Morris University.

"I was going to walk-on at Robert Morris, but I signed too late and I didn't want to walk on with another point guard already signed," he said. "I didn't know what I wanted to do yet and they didn't have my major (sports management)."

Rynd will be a preferred walk-on and said he will get a scholarship, in all likelihood, his sophomore season.

Originally published in The Derrick July 9, 2011

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