Former Mason County standout Treg Setty made it official on Friday, announcing he is transferring from Southern Illinois University to continue his basketball career at Ohio University.
"I'm real excited," Setty said. "I'll be getting back to my Ohio roots and my mom and dad, my grandpa and really my whole family are also happy for me and they can't wait. During my junior year at Mason County, OU was my top choice but things just didn't work out for me to go there after I graduated. I just felt real comfortable there and I'll be enrolling in summer classes in about a month. I also really like the campus and there's always a lot going on in Athens."
Setty led the 2009-2010 Royals to a berth in the state tournament semifinals in his junior season by scoring 13.2 points and grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game and increased his offensive production in his senior year at Mason County by averaging 20.9 points and 8.7 boards per game.
During his freshman year at Southern Illinois, the 6-foot-9 forward-guard played in all 31 games and started 10. He averaged 4.4 ppg and 2.5 rebounds for the 8-23 Salukis and scored a career-high 20 points in an 86-71 win over Illinois State on New Year's Day.
Setty, a very personable young man, feels the move to Athens will be a positive one.
"Even though I'll have to sit out a year, I'll still be able to practice and improve my game," he said. "They have literally everybody back from the team that took North Carolina into overtime and nearly made it into the Elite 8. Playing against that caliber of talent in practice every day can do nothing but make me a better player, so I don't think I could've found a better situation. It's going to be a fun year to be a part of a team that has a chance of going to the Final Four. Some people have said, 'Well you lost your coach at Ohio', but they don't realize that they brought in one heck of a coach."
The Bobcats finished their history-making 2011-2012 season with a 29-8 record under John Groce, who departed for the University of Illinois in March. Ohio finished ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history and the run to the Sweet 16 was the deepest the Bobcats have ever gone in the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio University hired Jim Christian to take over the Bobcats program after he led Texas Christian for the past four years. Christian returns to the Mid-American Conference after enjoying a great run at Kent State before going to TCU.
Under his leadership, the Golden Flashes posted a six-year record of 138-58 for the highest winning percentage in league history. During his time at Kent, Christian won 20 or more games in each of his six seasons and also led the Flashes to five postseason appearances and earned MAC Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008. His wife Patty is an Ohio University alum and Setty feels the new coach will be in Athens for the long haul.
"I'm very impressed with Coach Christian," Setty said. "There's not many coaches who would leave a BCS conference to coach at a mid-major but he wanted to come back to the state. That shows me he really wants to be in Athens and he's not gonna leave. It came down to Morehead State and Ohio but OU was my first choice. It was also a huge factor that one of the assistant coaches at Southern Illinois, Anthony Stewart, is also going to be on the staff at Ohio. He's a real stand-up guy and I already have a good relationship with him."