Matt Talbot, a center who led Portland to the Class A state championship last winter, will play basketball at Husson University in Bangor.
Talbot said Husson offered “the best fit and I received a good financial package.”
Talbot had a dominating performance against Hampden Academy in the state final, scoring 16 points and controlling the boards.
He averaged 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Another reason Husson appealed to Talbot is the team graduated six seniors and he feels he can make an immeditate impact.
Talbot said he’s been working out, shooting and improving his ballhandling since the high school season ended. He’s gotten stronger, grown an inch and now stands 6-foot-7.
“I’m playing in a men’s league in Saco on Mondays and Wednesdays,” said Talbot. “It’s good competition. There are a lot of college players. I’m no way near the best in the league but it should get me ready to play college basketball. I’m always looking to improve.”
At Portland, Talbot played facing the basket and was strong from 3-point range.
He said he’ll likely play power forward at Husson and face the basket, shooting mid-range jumpers
“Coach Joe Russo gave me the freedom to move around in the offense (with Portland),” said Talbot. “I just wasn’t stuck in the paint.”
Talbot was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State basketball team.