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Rob Heatherington commits to Point Park University men's basketball

Feb. 25, 2010

PITTSBURGH – Point Park University men’s basketball coach Bob Rager announced Thursday that Rob Heatherington has committed to Point Park, and the guard from Serra Catholic High School plans to enroll as a freshman in the fall of 2010.

As a senior at Serra, the 6-1, 170-pound Heatherington (pictured below, center) is averaging 24.5 points per game. Heatherington scored 20 points in Tuesday night’s WPIAL Class A playoff victory over Beth-Center to give him 1,014 for his career.

R.Heatherington group shot

PICTURED ABOVE: Posing for a picture Thursday afternoon at Serra Catholic High School were Point Park men's basketball recruit Rob Heatherington (seated, center) with his parents Paul and Kelly (also seated). Others on hand were (back row, left to right) Serra athletic director Bill Cleary, Serra football coach Rich Bowen, Point Park men's basketball coach Bob Rager and Serra boys' basketball coach Bob Rozanski. (Photo by Susan Heatherington).

“When you look for a player, you want someone like Rob who loves the game, works hard, is good academically and wants to get better,” said Rager, who completed his 21st season at Point Park last week. “And as a coach, you want to help players like Rob become the best they can be as a player and a person.”

Heatherington is a two-time WPIAL all-section player for Serra (19-2), which is ranked second in the WPIAL and third in the PIAA. A two-year starter and a three-year letter winner, Heatherington led the Eagles to their eighth consecutive Section 3-A title with a perfect, 10-0 section record.

Serra Catholic plays Vincentian Friday night (8 p.m.) in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game at Keystone Oaks.

As a football player, Heatherington earned WPIAL all-section honors three times, including this past year when he was Serra’s quarterback.

Heatherington follows his older brother, T.J., in choosing Point Park. T.J. Heatherington completed his freshman season with the Pioneers last week after averaging team highs of 15.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. The elder Heatherington started every game he played and ranked fifth in NAIA Division II in assists per game.

The Heatheringtons had very successful careers at Serra both on the basketball court and on the football field. During the 2007-08 school year, the brothers led the Eagles to a PIAA Class A title in both sports. Serra won the WPIAL basketball title in 2007-08 and made an appearance in the championship round a year ago.