The 6-foot-6 post hopes to improve his game and move-on to a Division-one or two school when his time is up at the community college

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Eric McKinstry fights for position in the post during a game earlier this season versus Century.They say it's not so much about where you've been, but more so where you're going. Well, Glencoe standout Eric McKinstry may not have seen the type of playoff success he and his teammates would liked to have seen in recent seasons, but the senior post is now looking forward after he signed his letter of intent during a small ceremony Thursday, June 1 in the Commons at Glencoe High School.

The theme of the day seemed to be pride, as Eric's parents, coaches, and friends talked about how proud they were of their player, friend, and probably most importantly, son.

"I'm excited and kind of sad at the same time," a smiling Calandra McKinstry said. "I'm so happy for him, and so very proud."

His dad agreed.

"It's wonderful to see him go off to college."

McKinstry signed a letter of intent to attend and play basketball at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. The 6-foot-6 post who was selected as an All-Metro League third-teamer following last season, is a nice midrange shooter, has a soft touch around the basket, and can only get better according to his now ex-coach at Glencoe, Josh McInnis.

"I'm excited to see Eric keep playing basketball because he's still growing both physically and mentally," said McInnis. "He has the tools to really improve in the coming years."

McKinstry is a soft spoken young man who by his coach's account, has really come out of his shell in McInnis' two years coaching for the Tide. The coach has seen him grow off of the court through increased involvement in other activities such as track, and on the court via the weight room and simply trusting in he and the other coaches around him.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Glencoe's Eric McKinstry signs his letter of intent with his family, friends and coaches Thursday, June 1, in the Commons at Glencoe High School."We really challenged him to do some different things, and to his credit he did," McInnis said. "He's trusted in us and the other coaches and he's become a different player because of that and his hard work."

And McKinstry appreciates what the coaches have done for him as well.

"The coaches have really helped me out, and I'm thankful for that," said McKinstry.

In addition to his coaches, McKinstry was quick to thank his parents for all their love and support, and is looking forward to playing basketball, studying business, and hopefully moving beyond Chemeketa when his tenure there is up.

"I'd like to try and get to a Division-one or two college, then maybe the NBA."

His dad wasn't quite ready to talk about the NBA, but he was excited about his son's future both on and off the court.

"I'm excited to see him play at the next level, but I'm also happy he's setting a good example for our other kids," said his father.

And what about him, is he proud as well?

"Of course I'm proud of him!" he said with a smile.

As he should be.

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