Mateo Varese
Mateo Varese signs letter of intent to play basketball for William Penn University in Oskaloosa on April 3, 2018. Pictured with Mateo are his mother, Stepanie Wubben and father Clint Varese. Also pictured in the back row left to right are: assistant Moravia high school boys coach Ryan Van Bogaert, William Penn University head coach John Henry, and Moravia head high school boys coach Brian Bickel.

Moravia’s Mateo Varese signed his letter of intent on Tuesday to continue his education and basketball career at William Penn University in Oskaloosa this fall.

Varese grabbed a spot on the Bluegrass all-conference first-team after leading Moravia to a 12-9 record this past season.

Varese was the Mohawks’ vocal and emotional leader this season as well as their leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. Varese was doing all of this while playing the combo-guard position where he would run point guard and off the ball depending on the situation.

He finished the year averaging 14.4 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting from the floor and 29.5 percent from the 3-point line. He also averaged 10 rebounds a game, doubling the next best on his team. Varese also finished second on Moravia in assists averaging 3.5 per game and first in blocks with 15 this season.

This fall he will join a William Penn team led by head coach John Henry coming off a 30-5 season that concluded in a 84-75 loss to LSU Alexandria in the NAIA Division I Nationals Semifinals.

Henry will enter his 18th season as head coach of the Statesmen owning a record of 371-194 (.657). Entering this passed season, Henry had produced 44 all-conference performers, 15 All-Americans, 68 academic all-conference selections, and 24 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. He also entered the season ranked in the top 20 among active NAIA men's basketball coaches in both wins and winning percentage.

Colin Peters is a sports reporter for the Daily Iowegian. He can be reached at cpeters@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @ColinPetersDI.

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Colin Peters has been a sports writer at the Daily Iowegian since May 2017