CONCORDIA, Kansas — "A little bit of everything."
It's what Cloud County Community College sophomore Andrew Ballock excelled at doing during his one season in Concordia. It's what the Drury University Panthers want. And it's what both parties anticipate will happen the next two seasons after the versatile guard signed with the NCAA Division II powerhouse over the weekend.
"They're bringing me in as a ball handler. They (Panthers) like to run a lot of motion with 3-4 guards at times and everyone handling the ball and cutting," Ballock said. "There's not really a set position. You have to do a little bit of everything. Hopefully that can be my role and I can step in there and bring experience and be a leader to help the younger guys."
Ballock's ability to influence a game in a multitude of ways earned him a Second-Team All-Conference selection in the KJCCC this past winter. The former Eudora High School all-time leading scorer — his brother Mitchell, a Creighton University recruit, now owns the record — averaged 9.8 points per game in 2016-17 for the T-Birds.
The 6-foot, 4-inch guard added 5.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as the off-guard, while also leading the KJCCC in steals at 2.3 per contest.
"I thought Andrew was also the best perimeter defender in our league," added Cloud County head coach, Chad Eshbaugh. "One of the things about Andrew is he really is all about winning. He affects the game positively, whether he is scoring in the game or not and that can be hard to find in players. Whether he scored two points or 32, he always impacted the game in a positive way."
A "winning" player should fit right in at Drury University, which won the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship and has advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament eight times the last 12 seasons under head coach, Steve Hesser.
"The tradition of winning at Drury is what attracted me," said Ballock, who plans on majoring in Sport Management. "They know how to win. Coach Hesser is a good guy and knows how to win. Also, the facilities were good. The campus, the team and the coaches all just had a really good feel. It felt right when I was there."
Ballock is the fourth T-Bird in the last two weeks to sign at a four-year institution, joining Deon Lyle (University of Texas-San Antonio), and Jordan McNelly and Rashun Allen, who are heading down the road to Kansas Wesleyan University.
Time is of the essence for Ballock, who said he is heading to Springfield ready to hit the ground running.
"With only having two years of eligibility left, I really want to go somewhere I can play and have an impact," Ballock said. "Everybody's dream is to win a National Championship, doesn't matter which level. Hopefully we can make a playoff run and bring another national title to Drury."