In the end, Four McGlynn decided a coaching change was not enough to turn him away from Vermont.

The Dallastown basketball standout confirmed Monday he will stick with Vermont, the school he has signed to play at next year, despite the departure of coach Mike Lonergan to George Washington.

McGlynn said he talked and texted throughout the weekend with a handful of Vermont players. They assured him that, while Lonergan was leaving, the rest of the program would remain intact.

"They said they're going to have the biggest say in who the new coach was," McGlynn said. "The first thing that came to my mind was if Coach Lonergan is leaving, at least one or two of them are leaving, too."

Lonergan was officially named the new coach at George Washington on Friday, ending a six-year run with the Catamounts.

Pat McGlynn, Four's father, said that night it was possible his son would consider looking at other schools.

Instead, all Four McGlynn needed was a few days of reflection. The family took a walk on the campus of Towson University on Sunday. At one point, Four McGlynn turned to his parents and said, "This isn't Vermont."

"The (Vermont players) are texting him as he's going around," Pat McGlynn said. "He told me 'I think I've found a home in Vermont.'"

"Vermont is just such a high standard," Four McGlynn added. "It's a place I can see myself staying for all four years."

McGlynn was a Class AAAA third-team all-state pick last season, after averaging a YAIAA-best 23.8 points per game. He finished his career with a school-best 1,852 points, and led Dallastown to its first state playoff appearance in three decades.
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