Rowan County's Wing changes commitment, will play basketball at Oklahoma State

Rowan Co.'s 2-sport star commits to Ford

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 2, 2011 

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Rowan County senior-to-be Adam Wing took a star turn at this year's Sweet Sixteen, hitting 12 of 13 three-pointers in the semifinals and finals.

JAMES CRISP — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rowan County sports star Adam Wing has changed his mind and will play basketball instead of football in college.

Wing, a 6-foot-4 junior who was sensational in leading Rowan County to a runner-up finish in the Sweet Sixteen in March, called Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford Tuesday night to commit to the Cowboys.

Wing, who's also a standout quarterback at Rowan County, made a football commitment to Marshall in early April, but that was before Ford put on a full-court recruiting press.

"My heart's always been with basketball first," Wing said. "I've always loved it, and I knew if I was given the opportunity to play at the high Division I level, I'd seize it."

Wing said that when he committed to Marshall, his only other offer was to play football and basketball at Western Kentucky.

"I really didn't know if I was going to get anymore offers in either sport," he said.

Then along came Oklahoma State.

Rowan County Coach Shawn Thacker said Eddie Ford, Travis' father, tipped off his son about Wing after watching him in the state tournament. Wing put on quite a show in Rupp Arena, especially in the semifinals and finals when he hit 12 of 13 three-pointers.

Wing averaged 18 points and 10.5 rebounds in four state tournament games.

A few weeks later, Travis Ford visited Rowan County to watch Wing work out.

When Ford offered a scholarship this week, Wing discussed his options with his parents and Rowan County's basketball and football coaches. "I was kind of torn about what to do, but my heart kept telling me basketball."

Looking back, Wing appreciates how big an impact his play in the Sweet Sixteen had on his future.

"What I did that Saturday in Rupp Arena is kind of what took me to that next level and showed what I could do as a player," he said.

As a junior, Wing averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, and hit 40 percent (59 of 147) of his threes.

As a senior, he will be an obvious Mr. Basketball candidate.

First comes football. He'll be the Vikings' quarterback this fall after passing and running for 2,291 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.

Maybe Wing will make a bid for Mr. Football, too.

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