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Wier commits to four years at UB; Local prospect returns home for senior year

Stan Wier's high school basketball career has come full circle, as he'll finish it in Western New York at East Aurora.

He'll be here for his collegiate career as well.

Weir told The Buffalo News he has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo.

"It feels absolutely unbelievable -- to grow up in Western New York, play here, win a Federation title and then be blessed with the opportunity to play for your hometown college on such a great team," said Wier. "After a few visits with the coaches and players everything felt perfect."

Wier said he picked UB's scholarship offer over those from The Citadel, Princeton, Cornell, Rhode Island and Colgate. Wier said more offers have come in since he turned heads playing for the Albany City Rocks at the AAU National Tournament in Orlando two weeks ago.

"Several calls and offers had come in since the Nationals and I had made a lot of visits in July ... but nothing felt as good as everything UB has to offer. UB has a great squad and I believe the City of Buffalo is in for a big surprise and treat over the next few years."

Wier has had a well-traveled and impressive high school career. He was an All-Western New York honorable mention with East Aurora as a freshman; he was a second-team All-WNY pick in helping Nichols to the state Federation championship as a sophomore; last year he played with and against top talent at Indiana private school La Lumiere; this fall he makes his return to East Aurora.

"It feels good to have this process complete," Wier said. "Over the years, I have made decisions that I hoped would make me a better basketball player. It wasn't always easy leaving the new friends I made each year but playing for UB makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it."

At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Wier is a well-built shooting guard who has outstanding range. His outside shooting was a devastating factor in Nichols' run to the Federation title.

He's eager to play with younger brother Cam at EA; as a freshman, Stan played with older brother Thad.

"I get the privilege to play for coach Witherspoon -- and before that I am excited to play my senior year with my brother Cam and my friends at East Aurora," said Wier. "Coach [Chris] Koselny is demanding that all the players commit to being successful and EA is on the rise. All of us are working hard to get better. I went to the Buff State [Section VI championship week] games last year and remembered how exciting it was to play there with my older brother, Thad. I really hope Cam and I can share the same memories."

When Wier gets to UB next year, he'll be reunited with former Nichols teammate Will Regan. Regan is sitting out the upcoming season at UB after transferring from Virginia, where he played as a freshman.

e-mail: kmcshea@buffnews.com

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