When Ben Vander Plas visited Ohio University for a recruiting visit this past spring, he encountered one of his biggest fears.

“I’m really afraid of bugs,” the incoming Ripon High School senior said. “And when we arrived ... there were cicadas everywhere, but the coaches kept telling me that they only come out once every 17 years, so I never would have to worry about it.”

The reassurance about his safety from the insects is just one of the different angles pitched to Ben by Division I and II college basketball coaches during his recruiting process.

Some have tried to sell him on location, while others have tried luring him with playing time, program prestige or academics.

That is just the beginning of his the eye-opening experiences.

Ben, who has received offers from 12 Division I and II schools so far, has learned a lot throughout the entire ordeal.

“Going into the recruiting process a couple years ago, I didn’t really now what to expect,” Ben said. “My dad [Dean Vander Plas] kind of tried to talk to me a little bit, but when he was in high school he only got recruited by one school. So I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t really know what it was going to be all about."

Read the full story, which includes a list of the 12 universities that Ben has received an offer from, as well as some of the other schools that have shown interest in him, in the July 14, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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