By Tom Robinson
JB Hoops alum Jeremy Callahan committed to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland to continue is basketball career on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level in the widespread University Athletic Association.
The four-year, all-star guard at Wyoming Seminary made his decision during the regular season and discussed it in an interview during the playoffs.
“It’s just a combination of athletics and academics that is unparalleled,” said Callahan, who visited the school in the summer and again early in the college season.
Callahan visited Case Western in the summer and early in the college basketball season. Prior to finalizing his plans, he also visited Marywood University and had conversations with Misericordia University coaches.
In addition to the school, Callahan is looking forward to playing in the UAA, which has eight teams at prestigious universities spread over seven states with New York University; Rochester (N.Y.); the University of Chicago; Brandeis in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass.; Washington University in St. Louis; Emory in Atlanta, Ga.; and Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
Callahan pointed to stretches in the season when the conference had four teams in the NCAA Division III top 30, three in the top 25 and two in the top 15.
“Every night, it’s going to be a battle,” he said. “It’s going to be good games all around and some added bonuses are the cities you get to go to and the travel you get to do.
“I think it’s going to be a good experience.”
Callahan was named Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 Player of the Year by conference coaches as a freshman. Since then, he has been a first-team division, all-star choice by NEPABasketball.com for the last three seasons while continuing to receive all-star recognition from the coaches.
Wyoming Seminary won division titles each of Callahan’s last three seasons, claimed the WVC overall championship in the event’s first two years (2019 and 2020) and District 2 Class 3A titles in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Callahan played the last two AAU seasons with JB Hoops Callahan national AAU team, coached by his father Bill.