St. John’s senior Jared Wurst signs his letter of intent to play basketball at Ohio Northern University. He was joined by parents Mark and Di Wurst and St. John’s head basketball coach Aaron Elwer. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
St. John’s senior Jared Wurst signs his letter of intent to play basketball at Ohio Northern University. He was joined by parents Mark and Di Wurst and St. John’s head basketball coach Aaron Elwer. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
DELPHOS — St. John’s senior Jared Wurst signed his letter to play basketball at Ohio Northern University on Friday alongside his parents Mark and Di Wurst of Delphos and Blue Jay head coach Aaron Elwer.

Wurst averaged 17.8 points per game during the 2018-2019 season and is one of only 14 players in St. John’s history to score over 1,000 points. In addition to his outstanding scoring stats, Wurst averaged 7.9 rebounds and played in all 23 games for the Blue Jays last season.

“My relationship with coach Rich Bensman played a big factor in my decision,” Wurst said. “He has treated me well and came to a lot of my games this year.”

Wurst will study civil engineering in the fall and said academics played a big role in his decision making.

“One of the biggest things was finding a school that offered what I wanted to major in,” said Wurst. “I wanted to go somewhere that had a focus on math and science, and offered engineering.”

The 6-foot-4-inch forward was first team All-MAC during the 2018-19 season and garnished District and State honors as well.

“Coach Elwer and I grew close over the past year,” Wurst continued. “We workout together and he is always pushing me to be better.”

“Jared has a great career ahead of him both academically and athletically,” said Elwer. “He has spent a lot of time and energy on the basketball court for St. John’s. One of the best parts of coaching is watching guys mature in their game and continuing to watch them grow. He has been a part of four really good basketball teams and we look forward to watching him grow as a college athlete.”