Brad Furdal Locks In On High Point University
Submitted By Dan Thompson on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Brad Furdal has an 90-92 mph fastball, an 80 mph curve and a change-up that has been described by Arizona Diamondbacks professional scout Mike Daughtry...
“as if there is a magnet in front of home plate, pulling it down to the ground”. This past week the Terriers right hander called Head Coach Sal Bando and accepted his scholarship offer to become a High Point Panther (NCAA Division 1).
Throughout the recruitment process Brad has had a variety of colleges and universities with offers on the table, however, after he and his family made the visit to North Carolina and the picturesque campus at High Point, it became clear to Brad where he wanted to pursue his post secondary education and play his college baseball. After a tour of the campuses wooded acreage, well manicured gardens and it's incredible facilities, including the new baseball locker rooms and student centre complete with swimming pool, Brad and his parents sat down to dinner with Coach Bando and the two other Canadians on the present High Point roster. Team captain Jeff Cowan and senior clean up hitter Randy Schwartz. (Both played for the Canadian National Junior Team before attending High Point). After dinner Brad joined Jeff and Randy, met the rest of the team and enjoyed a night out. ”The campus is awesome and the guys on the team were great”, said Brad.
The Panthers play in the highly competitive Big South Conference, which will be a tremendous challenge for the Terriers right hander. Brad takes challenges head on though, and has thrived in those situations since joining the Terriers in the fall of 2006. Even before his 17th birthday Brad was on the mound facing college competition. That outing resulted in a complete game three hit, 4-0 shut out. Two weeks later, after another outstanding performance at the Blue Chip Prospects Tournament in Long Island, a 2-1 victory over a gritty New York City team, Brad got the call from Team Canada Head Coach Greg Hamilton to join them in Orlando Florida. He has been a National Team roster player ever since and was a starter at the World Qualifiers this past August in Mexico. Brad pitched the quarter final game against Nicaragua, a 4-1 Canadian victory. Also a member of the Ontario Youth Team, Brad threw a complete game for the bronze medal at the Canada Cup 17u National Championship this past summer. He is a winner that keeps getting better every time he steps on the mound and his special talent helps raise the level of play of those around him. Brad has been a major cog in the Terriers success this past season.
Congratulations to Brad the Furdal family on yet another great achievement. Brad will be studying sports management and marketing at High Point.
About High Point University...
Head Coach Sal Bando Jr. played his college baseball at Oklahoma State and his professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. His Father won 3 World Series titles with the Oakland A's in the 1970s.
Located in what is known as the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The triad is made up of the cities of High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
There are over 14 colleges and universities within a 60 mile radius. (Including Duke, University of NC at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest).
High Point is a 4 year co-educational liberal arts university which offers over 50 majors.