O’Rear showed some adaptability this summer, while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds organization after being picked in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
He was a rookie league prospect in July and August, then rejoined the Panthers when classes began.
“I flipped a switch there for a second, got going with baseball,” O’Rear said. “Toward the end, I was kind of like, ‘I’m ready to go back and play a little more basketball.’ ”
O’Rear is scheduled to resume his baseball career one week after Northern Iowa’s season ends.