Former Permian basketball player Ozzy Terrazas announced his college choice Wednesday, committing to Dean College of Franklin, Mass.
Terrazas, a 6-foot-5 post, averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds this past season as Permian enjoyed its best season in 20 years. He was a four-year varsity letterman and three-time first-team all-district selection.
“It’s halfway across the United States, but it’s something new, a new experience,” Terrazas said of choosing Dean. “I’m looking forward to doing it.”
The Panthers went 31-4, winning the District 2-6A championship and advancing to its first regional tournament since 1998.
Permian was eliminated with a 58-48 loss to Denton Guyer in the Region I-6A semifinals.
“I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Ozzy for two years and there’s not a more quality young man with commitment, hard work and a great attitude,” Permian coach Tim Thomas said. “In my 30 years of coaching, he is one of the top guys. I’m going to miss him thoroughly.
“He does all the little things that don’t show up in the statistics. He led the team in being on time for practice. He led the team in working hard. He led the team in taking charges. He led the team in having to run the least amount of sprints for discipline. He’s always respectful, always has a great attitude. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s going to be very successful in life.”
Dean College, a member of NCAA Division III, went 15-12 last season and tied for second in the New England Collegiate Conference at 9-5.
“Dean has a great program,” Terrazas said. “I feel like I’m going to learn a lot there and learn comfortably. Hopefully, I’ll achieve more of my goals and succeed.”
Permian graduate Ozzy Terrazas, seated second from left, was joined by his mother, Luz, left, Permian coach Tim Thomas and brother Eduardo as well as members of the Permian basketball program Wednesday as he announced he will continue his basketball career at Dean College during a signing ceremony at the Permian Fieldhouse.
By Sam Waller