MADISON, Wis. The shadow cast on the basketball court by Zach Bohannon's older brother lingered for years in his mind. It was long and intimidating, and Zach didn't want to be swallowed up by the expectations of a last name any longer than absolutely necessary.
So when it came time for Zach, a standout basketball player in his own right, to make a college decision, he wanted nothing to do with Jason Bohannon's path. The two had completed similar high school careers, both winning a state championship at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Jason, three years older, now was starring at the University of Wisconsin.
Despite initial interest from the Badgers, Madison was last place Zach thought about attending.
"I was like, 'Well I don't want to be in my brother's shadow there,' " Zach said. "I was for three years at Linn-Mar and I just wanted to make a name for myself."
When Zach accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball more than 800 miles from home at the Air Force Academ...