Edwardsville High School senior guard Trevor Clay had some specific things he was looking for when making his college choice.
He found those things in Drury University, the NCAA Division II national champion in 2012-13 and a quarterfinalist this season.
"I didn't rush it, I felt comfortable with the school," said Clay, who transferred to Edwardsville from Crossroads Prep in St. Louis before his senior year. "It wasn't a matter of playing D-1 or D-2, I wanted to go somewhere I could win and have a successful career.
"It was just the winning tradition they have and the team they have coming back. I talked to my family and I did a lot of thinking. I loved the academic system they have and the coaching staff."
Clay averaged 10.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while leading the Tigers with 60 3-pointers as a strong outside threat. He helped Edwardsville to a 30-4 record and fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament, along with the Southwestern Conference championship.
"It was an amazing season, something I'll remember forever," Clay said. "Getting a chance to play with those guys and getting that far was amazing."
Clay also thanked Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo and the coaching staff for improving his overall game.
"It was just little things in my game, little tweaks with my shot to make it more consistent," Clay said. "Learning to play off the ball was a big factor and it will help me in my college career."
Clay said he also had offers from Division II schools Southern Indiana and Lindenwood-St. Charles and had been getting a lot of interest from Eastern Illinois and other smaller Division I schools.
He made his decision Thursday and admitted being relieved after announcing it on his Twitter account.
"Everyone's talking about where you are going, where you going D-1 or D-2," said Clay, whose final three schools he considered were Drury, Southern Indiana and Eastern Illinois. "I just wanted to make a decision and to be comfortable with my decision. It was definitely a burden off my back."
Drury is located in Springfield, Mo., and competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The Panthers are losing four seniors, including two starters, from a 28-4 squad that lost to West Liberty in the Division II quarterfinals.
Drury has won 51 of its last 55 games, including the 2013 national championship.