Fouch excelling is his other sport

Ronnie Fouch stepped to the free throw line Thursday night with five seconds left and coolly swished two free throws to secure the win for Redlands East Valley.

Ronnie Fouch stepped to the free throw line Thursday night with five seconds left and coolly swished two free throws to secure the win for Redlands East Valley.

 

The 92-88 REV triumph against Fontana came in the consolation bracket of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament.

 

Fouch made six 3-pointers - three in the fourth quarter - and scored a team-high 29 points. But he doesn't have to play basketball at all. He already has a full-ride scholarship to play football at the University of Washington, having orally committed to the Huskies on July 4.

 

He is scheduled to graduate at the semester from REV and begin classes at Washington in late March. But Fouch will first finish his senior year of basketball.

 

"Basketball is a lot of fun and I've been in the program every year," he said. "And I didn't want to let down the other guys."

 

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard, Fouch is averaging 15 points per game for the Wildcats.

 

But football is Fouch's future. In two weeks Washington coach Tyrone Willingham will visit the Fouch home to have dinner with the family which includes father John (a former Arizona State and University of Redlands quarterback), mother Rhonda (the REV athletic director) and sister Johnna (an All-County volleyball player as a freshman).

 

Fouch said he likes the Washington program and where it is headed.

 

"I like the fact they're in the Pac-10 and coach Willingham is amazing," he said. "I think the future is bright there and that the program is moving in the right direction."

 

Washington already has 22 commitments, including Fouch who threw for 2,690 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, with just eight interceptions.

 

An A-minus student, Fouch said Willingham impressed him because he seems interested in the total person and not just collecting as many great athletes as he can.

 

The future Husky said he wants to graduate early in order to get to Seattle as soon as possible and get a jump on his preparation.

 

"There will be only me and two other quarterbacks on scholarship," Fouch said.

 

"Coach Willingham wanted me to get here as early as possible because he thinks I can start or be the back-up as a freshman. I'm going up there with the mindset that I can compete with anyone."

 

REV football coach Kurt Bruich is neither surprised that Fouch is playing basketball, nor that he wants to graduate early to get a jump on his college football career.

 

"Coach Willingham is actually the one who asked if he could graduate early," Bruich said. "I think he really wants to give Ronnie a shot because they're kind of down at the quarterback position.

 

I think Ronnie will be as ready as anyone. He can get his playbook the day after he signs and as far as the things they do, a lot of it is similar to what he did in high school. It will just be some new terminology for him."


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