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Carlisle senior Ethan Houston just gave a verbal commitment to continue his academic and basketball careers at Bloomsburg University.

Sentinel file

Basketball as a serious college option didn't really occur to Ethan Houston until last summer, the summer before his senior year.

But the 6-foot-6 Carlisle athlete continued to improve his versatile game, and now he'll be balling at the next level.

Houston announced via Twitter Thursday night that he's verbally committed to continue his basketball and academic careers at NCAA Division II Bloomsburg University.

"I really liked the campus," Houston told The Sentinel. "The coaching staff sold me. They all seem like they are really devoted to making the players better."

Houston sees himself as a "stretch 4" for the Huskies, who finished 15-12 overall this season and 11-11 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Under 11th-year head coach John Sanow, Bloomsburg reached the PSAC playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Meanwhile, at Carlisle, Houston averaged 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, knocking down 41 3-pointers along the way and helping Andre Anderson's Thundering Herd (21-9) reach the PIAA Class 6A semifinals, the deepest run for the program since the 1988 team won a fourth straight state title.

Houston showed the ability to not only hit from the outside but to be a reliable post presence, shot-blocker and free-throw shooter. He scored a career-high 28 points early in the 2016-17 season against Central Dauphin.

A team Carlisle eliminated en route to the PIAA semifinals, Emmaus, has one of its star players, Matt Kachelries, also committed to Bloomsburg. Kachelries scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and five assists in that PIAA quarterfinal game vs. the Herd, while Houston led Carlisle with 20 points.

Houston, who's currently suiting up for the Carlisle volleyball team, said he will major in business management.

Email Geoff Morrow at gmorrow@cumberlink.com or follow on Twitter at @RageAgainstGMo

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