McQuaid's Ayers to play at UR

Posted at: 03/07/2013 6:32 PM
Updated at: 03/07/2013 6:38 PM
By: Robin De Wind

He is a dangerous weapon on the high school basketball court.  Add now a local senior has decided to stay close to home to help the University of Rochester men's team.

The McQuaid Knights dominated the Rochester City-Catholic League. Losing to Penfield in the sectional quarters. They were led by a 6' 9” three-point shooter who will play for the Yellowjackets next season.

Senior Zack Ayers is a name you've heard many times on News10NBC's high school highlights, knocking down open jumpers.  After applying to Air Force, MIT and Bucknell, UR and the Yellowjackets were his top choice. Ayers was accepted on early admission and calls his decision to play next year for head coach Luke Flockerzi an easy one.

Ayers has enjoyed watching the UR this year. They topped the UAA and will host the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament this weekend. McQuaid alum Tyler Sankas is also on the team.

Ayers says staying local for basketball does offer new challenges.

Zack Ayers, McQuaid senior, said, “Just watching them play, they shoot threes. I can do some damage in their system. It means I won't have to make a new name for myself. In terms of Rochester, hopefully, I can turn things the right way. I love the Palestra. I love the fans and to get involved. Coming out of high school, there are things I expect I have to live up to at the UR.”

UR is hosting the second round NCAA action at the Palestra.. The Yellow jackets host Ithaca Saturday at 7:00 p.m.