Gering's Palomo, Mitchell's McVay ink letter of intents with WNCC basketball
     2015-04-30      By WNCC New Service   
Courtesy photo - Joses Palomo signs his letter of intent to play basketball next season as a freshman at Western Nebraska Community College. 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) men’s basketball coach Russ Beck started off his recruiting by signing two local products on Wednesday.
Gering’s Joses Palomo and Mitchell’s Bo McVay made it official as both were given letter of intents to play for the Cougars next year. Palomo was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs, while McVay used a gray-shirt season at the college last year, where he practiced with the team to get a grip on college basketball.

Beck said both will be instrumental in the rebuilding of the Cougar program.
“It is really important for the community to see these young men step into this level of basketball,” he said. “I want the community to support them. We feel like we got two of the better basketball players that have been in the area the past years. We are excited about their growth and their opportunity they have to be a part of the Cougar tradition.”

Both players picked WNCC because it is a good starting point for them.
“Ever since I was young and moved here to Nebraska, I always wanted to come and be a Cougar,” Palomo said. “I like the way they get to shoot and pass the ball around. They work as a team, I like the coach, and I know I can fit in here as a player.”
Palomo was looking at two other schools, including Trinidad State Junior College. But after talking to Beck, Palomo made the decision easy, especially since it was close to home.

“I had to think about [going away to school] and I talked to my dad about it,” he said. “I think it was a good decision and I am glad I will be here and be a Cougar.”
Palomo helped Gering to an 12-11 record this past year and he had a number of games where he poured in over 20 points a game. In a game against Mitchell in December, Palomo connected on seven 3-pointers. Palomo is excited about getting better as a player and playing with other basketball starts to help his game.

“It will be fun [playing up here],” he said. “I know Bo and I played against him in high school. I watched a lot of the other guys here that will be returning and I know they will be good team and it will be fun to get on the court with them.”
Palomo, who plans to major in criminal justice, said while he will miss all of his high school basketball teammates, he is looking forward to the next level of competition.

“I will miss all the guys I played with and the guys were fun to play with. I also will miss being a high school student,” he said. “I know there is more time to put in for men’s basketball and up because this is no kid’s basketball anymore. You have to man up and grow up more and I am ready to do that.”

McVay spent last season as part of the Cougar basketball program as a grey-shirt player this past season. McVay was a standout player for Mitchell two years ago. The 6-foot-3 McVay said taking that year off and just working with the team paid dividends for him.

“I think I learned a lot by sitting out a year,” he said. “The tempo is so much different from high school. That year sitting out helped me adjust a lot and I am happy that I spent a year sitting out to get better. It is night and day from high school to college.”
Not playing last year helped him to adjust and he understands the system and what Beck wants from his players.

“I gray-shirted this year so I got to spend a lot of time with the team. I made some good bonds and learned the system really well,” he said. “I know the coaches want what is best of us and I really learned what we can do as a team and a unit.”
At Mitchell two years ago, McVay was a 3-sport star playing football, basketball, and golf. He weighed whether to do basketball or golf in college, and it came down to where his heart was.

“Basketball has always been one of my favorite sports,” he said. “I kind of went back and forth between golf and basketball . Once I looked deep down and looked into my heart, my heart has always been in basketball.”

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