Standing at a height of 6′ 6″ with having an outstanding work ethic on and off the court, Dechlan Kirincic is a scoring machine.
On Tuesday, February 20, his final bucket against Walsh Jesuit High School gave him 1,080 points on his career. Kirincic, a starter for the Gilmour Academy Boys Basketball team since his freshman year, set a new record at the Academy, passing the previous record of 1,079 points set by David Linane (’13).
“Linane was a really great player, and I’m honored to be in the same company of accomplishments as him,” said Kirincic.
Linane heard about Krincic’s accomplishment through social media. “I couldn’t be happier with Dechlan and his achievements,” said Linane when interviewed. “I know how hard you have to work and how tough it can be. With that being said, I admire his game and work ethic.”
At the beginning of the season, Kirincic’s hard work and talent had payed off when a DI NAIA school Marian University offered him a full ride athletic scholarship to play for them next year. The other schools that he received offers from were DII Lake Erie College, DI NAIA University of Saint Francis, DII Purdue University Northwest.
Kirincic said, “I like how it is a smaller school and have a great business and engineering programs. I also think I will be a great addition to the Marian Knights basketball program.”
“Something that I admire about Dechlan is that on top of being one of our go to players from the moment he entered Gilmour, he did not let his early success keep him from learning and improving as a individual player and team leader,” said Coach David Pfundstein.
Along with his athletic accomplishments, Kirincic gives full effort to his studies. He received academic honors for the first semester of his senior year. He also enjoys volunteering his time to Gilmour Special Olympic Basketball Team and other service projects such as visiting students of the Julie Billiard School.
The end of the road for his Gilmour career may be coming to end soon, but for him this was only one of the first steps in how much more he plans to accomplish.