By Jordan Holland
The Marietta Times
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Fort Frye’s Seth Legraen, left, looks to get open against an opponent. Legraen will be playing in the Vegas Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 23.
LeBron James recently met with Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas supposedly to discus his return to Miami. We know now, of course, how that worked out.
Had James decided to stick around "Sin City" a little longer, he might have run into fellow hoopster Seth Legraen.
That's because Legraen, a Fort Frye standout, has been selected to play in the Vegas Finals, an exposure basketball tournament, beginning Wednesday, July 23. He will be there through the 27th. Competing in Vegas will be teams from all over the United States. Legraen will play for Eastern Ohio Sport in the 17U division.
"It's an amazing opportunity," Legraen said. "I'm so happy to get picked."
Legraen was picked by coaches to play in an "open run," and from there played in a final run. Three players from the final run were picked to go to Vegas, and Legraen was one of them.
"I was very surprised," he said.
"It should be a good experience. I'll be playing against some better competition. I'm blessed to have the opportunity."
The past two summers, Warren standout and West Liberty recruit Evan French also got the chance to play in Vegas and admitted the experience was beneficial.
"I haven't gotten to talk to him about it yet," Legraen said. "We are friends. I'll have to get in touch with him."
Legraen will be the second person in his household to get the experience, as his older brother Garrett got to play in Vegas when he was in high school as well. Garrett graduated from Fort Frye in 2011 and recently finished his PTA degree at Washington State. He thinks his brother will enjoy his time on the West Coast.
"It's definitely an experience," Garrett said. "You have to go in with a positive attitude and self-confidence.
"I just hope he doesn't freak out."
The Vegas Finals can have that affect on people with the type of talent that's there. Past tournaments have produced several future Division I college standouts. When Garrett was there, NBA star Kevin Durant made an appearance.
"It was a great experience," Garrett said.
"When I got back, all I wanted to do was play basketball. It makes you think 'Maybe I can play better. Maybe I can work harder.'"
When Garrett went he was joined by his father, Jim. The elder Legraen will also accompany Seth on his trip next week. The two will be staying at the Excalibur Hotel and are hoping to get some sight-seeing in.
Seth recently returned from a USBA National tournament at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, where his AAU team made it to the finals. It's been a busy summer for the 6-foot-3 forward, who is entering his senior season for the Cadets.
Last year, Legraen earned D3 third team All-Ohio honors after averaging 17.4 points per game and leading the Fort to a 21-4 record.