FAIRBANKS-An announcement from arguably the best all-around athlete in the 49th state and he goes to Monroe.
Today Roderick Bynum, better known as "Scooter", signed with Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona for baseball.
He was joined by his mother Veronica and surrounded by his fellow Rams.
He'll be a Matador. Arizona Western is a Division-I JUCO school in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC).
He'll be joining a program that last season had three all-americans, three players went to four year schools and second year head coach Dave Keehn was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1993. Bynum has aspirations of making to the big leagues.
Bynum has a 3.3 GPA and plans to major in sports medicine.
He's a stellar athlete that has excelled greatly in football and basketball. Despite interest from D-1 and D-2 schools for basketball he went with his first love-baseball. Bynum commented on why he chose baseball.
"Well I grew up playing baseball. I didn't really get too serious about basketball until I met my Monroe Catholic family. I've always loved the game and I'm glad that I can pursue it in college," Bynum said.
Bynum explanied why he wanted to join the Matador baseball program.
"To me they're the best in Juco in Arizona and they play in the best conferenceI feel like I can make a diffrence in their program immediately and I'll actually get a chance to make a difference in the program immediately," Bynum said.
"It was a long and tough decision but I am very proud," Veronica Bynum, Roderick's mother, said. "Academically and athletically he is going to do well and we know that because we're blessed."
"It's not just your athletic exploits it's more than that. Scooter's always been that way," Frank Ostanik said. Ostanik is Scooter's head basketball coach and the athletics director at Monroe Catholic High School. "We're blessed to have a lot of kids here who understand that concept and again Scooter really embodies it."