From The Register MailÂ
To most young athletes today, the second-best thing to going pro in their sport is earning an NCAA Division I scholarship. That means the bright lights, big arenas and TV attention is often not much different than the play-for-pay athletes enjoy.
A generation apart, Galesburgâ€™s Mark Junk and Knoxvilleâ€™s John Liston had those D-I opportunities. Instead, both chose to study and play basketball at Knox College.
This weekend, Junk (1991) and Liston (1958) are part of the 2010 class to be inducted into the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame along with Tom Neagle (2004) and Steven Varick (1976).
â€œI had offers from Northern Iowa, Loyola, Northwestern and WIU,â€ said Junk, a three-year basketball star at Galesburg High School before becoming a four-year starter at Knox. â€œI have no regrets whatsoever. From the experience and education I got, I wouldnâ€™t trade it for anything.â€
Liston actually played at Iowa for two years before transferring to Knox. â€œI have no regrets because I didnâ€™t like it,â€ he said. â€œIf I wouldâ€™ve stayed, I wouldâ€™ve started. But I wouldnâ€™t have liked it.â€