After four years and countless hours of practice, Watseka graduate Blake Castonguay will be extending his basketball career in the fall at Illinois College.

For Castonguay, playing basketball after high school was always the plan.

“Playing college basketball has been a goal for me for a long time now. Illinois College’s coaches reached out to me and were interested so I took a visit,” he said.

The decision to attend the school was almost instantaneous.

“When I got on campus It just felt like the right place to me. I loved the coaches, facilities, and the campus itself,” said Castonguay.

“I met a few members of the team and they all seem like really good guys. I can’t wait to get on campus and play with them.”

Another thing that drew him to the school was a shared interest and hunger to succeed on the court.

“I’m looking forward to doing something special with a bunch of guys and coaches that just want to win. I can’t wait to get after it everyday with my teammates and work hard to put our team in a position to win as much as possible,” he said.

But Castonguay will always remember the time he spent mastering his craft, and the coach that helped him along the way.

“Playing in Watseka and for Coach Cluver has been amazing. We have been able to put together some really good teams and come out with some good seasons over the last 4 years. I will definitely miss playing for Coach Cluver.”

And the respect is mutual. Cluver said Castonguay was always one of the dedicated players in his program and enjoyed watching him grow as a player over the years.

“Blake was fantastic to coach. He played four years of varsity basketball, and it was a joy to watch him improve every single year as a ball player and a young man,” Cluver said.

“He became a great leader, and our program will miss him tremendously. I am excited to see how much more he can do at the next level at Illinois College. I know he won’t stop working. Illinois College is lucky to have him.”