Medved Takes Basketball, Books to England
Wald, Bruce, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Mike Medved was left with several basketball options after graduating in the spring from St. Vincent College.
The 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound star post-player from Elizabeth- Forward High School chose England.
At the start of this month, Medved boarded a plane from Pittsburgh and landed in Manchester. He is attending Leeds Metropolitan University to pursue an educational psychology master's degree.
The team competes in the British National University Division I league.
"It sounds really weird to most people, but it's quite common in England to have someone on scholarship getting their master's degree and playing basketball at the same time," Medved said.
Medved turned down offers to play for a German team and also one to play in the United States with the Washington Generals. He also was a finalist for a teaching position in the Seneca Valley School District.
"I really did not want to just lose to the Harlem Globetrotters every night," Medved said. "I made it to the third interviews for the teaching position, but they decided to go in another direction, which is alright and happens."
Medved journeyed to Liverpool and Blackpool in England in the spring for his senior thesis on industrial vacations at the turn of the 19th century. He explained the workers at the time sought eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep and eight hours for the 'what we will' movement."
"The workers rose up and said (they) needed those eight hours for (their) own personal interest," said Medved. "These towns were where the first working class vacations were taken."
While there he was tutored by Leeds Professor John Walton. He also trained at the school to keep in shape and met members of the basketball team, who informed him of the playing opportunity.
The two-time all-conference selection helped the Bearcats win 44 of 51 games during the past two seasons, including a 22-3 overall record last winter. He averaged almost 13 points and more than seven rebounds a game in 2008-2009.
"I'm really excited about this, and I've been blessed," he said. …