UL’s Vinskovich to play hoops at West Liberty
MORRISTOWN — Reagan Vinskovich exploded onto the high school basketball scene in 2019 by averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Union Local senior has never looked back either.
As her game expanded, the stats piled up and the Jets experienced a myriad of team success, Vinskovich became more and more of a highly sought after player for the collegiate level.
During a recent ceremony at Union Local High School, Vinskovich formally signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at West Liberty University. She had a couple of Division I opportunities, but elected to go where she felt the most comfortable.
“I really liked the way the (West Liberty) coaches made you feel like you’re part of their family,” Vinskovich said. “It felt much more personal and not just like a business.”
On top of that, it’s obviously close to home and she will become the second member of her family to play a sport for the Hilltoppers. Her older brother, Liam, is a member of the West Liberty track team.
“Being at West Liberty is a great opportunity,” Vinskovich said.
Before she dawns the Black and Gold of the Hilltoppers, Vinskovich has plenty of work and goals left to focus on as she and the Jets prepare for what could be a highly special season.
“We want to top last year,” Vinskovich said. “Though last season was a dream, it also showed us what was possible. I’ll never forget that (season).”
With Vinskovich — a three-time All-Ohioan — helping to lead the way, the Jets advanced to the Division III Final Four before falling to eventual state champion Cincinnati Purcell Marian. Vinskovich came up huge, despite battling a significantly sprained ankle, in the regional championship game.
“My ankle is better, but it took a couple of months,” Vinskovich admitted. “Obviously, that (tournament run) was an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss out on, so I had to have a lot of tape and treatments.”
For the season, Vinskovich earned Third-Team All-Ohio after averaging 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists as she stuffed the stat sheet. Along with All-Ohio, Vinskovich was named All-OVAC, All-Buckeye 8, All-Valley, All Eastern District and All Times Leader.
Based on her past scoring numbers, Vinskovich could make a serious push toward the 2,000-point mark for her career. She enters the season with 1,451 points.
Though she’s scored the ball in bunches for the Jets, Vinskovich admitted that her offensive game has to continue to grow if she hopes to contribute like she desires at the next level.
“I need to work on finishing more and stepping away from the basket and trying to extend my range,” Vinskovich said. “I’ve worked hard on that in the offseason.”
West Liberty plans to utilize Vinskovich as a center, which is her traditional position. But, being able to guard multiple positions is another area in which Vinskovich knows she’ll need to be more adept as she moves along in her career.
“I have to be able to defend more on the perimeter at the college level,” Vinskovich said. “I feel like I am more versatile than I’ve been, on both ends, but there is definitely more work to do.”
Along with basketball, Vinskovich has lettered during her prep career in track and volleyball.
Reagan, who is the daughter of Brad and Jaime Vinskovich, is undecided about her major.