Over the weekend, Upper St. Clair guard Tanner O’Grady decided that he will continue his basketball career next year as a preferred walk-on at Robert Morris.
“It was just the perfect fit,” O’Grady told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It’s close to where I live now, and I just love everything about it. The facilities, everything was amazing. It feels amazing to be committed. I finally committed after the whole season was all finished. It feels really good to know where I’m going.”
— Tanner O'Grady (@ogradyt22) March 24, 2022
O’Grady is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard who shined as a senior, averaging over 18 points and four assists per game and leading the Panthers to another successful run, finishing the year 16-9. O’Grady will now join coach Andy Toole’s team and knows what he is going to get from Toole’s side.
“I know that he’s going to coach me really hard, and I like that,” O’Grady added. “He has the best interests for me.”
O’Grady prides himself on his shooting and ball-handling ability from the point, and says that he loves to play fast and get out in transition. This season, he hit two game-winning buzzer beaters, including the clip below of his buzzer beater to take down rival Mt. Lebanon earlier in the winter.
Tie game. Ball in Tanner O'Grady's hands. Upper St. Clair likes its chances. pic.twitter.com/2OHFxr1jy2
— TribLive HSSN (@TribLiveHSSN) January 19, 2022
“Just how hard we played every game because that was our identity,” O’Grady said when asked what he will remember most about his time at USC. “We played harder than the other team and would just wear them down. By the end of the game, we would be in better shape than them, and we would win.”
Robert Morris finished this season with a record of 8-24, headlined by an upset victory over Youngstown State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.