In front of Landon Israel’s family and friends, Coach Todd Whiteman said it best: good things happen to good people. That was the story in the Maysville gymnasium today as Israel signed his letter of intent to play for Mount Vernon Nazarene Univesity, becoming only the fourth Panther in school history to receive a scholarship to play basketball. Israel’s basketball future was in jeopardy though, after injuring his back his junior year. Doctors weren’t confident that Israel could finish his high school career, let alone take his game to the next level. The newest Cougar plans on majoring in biology, and will more than likely start his career at MVNU on the junior varisty squad, with the opportunity to get a large chunk of playing time at the varsity level as a sophomore.
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