UNITED STATES - United States-based Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling has picked the University of Texas at Austin to pursue his college education.
A major reason for the 18-year-old's choice was the opportunity to work with renowned coach Eddie Reese - head coach of the US' 2004 and 2008 Olympic squads.
The American has also led the Texas Longhorns to 10 national titles.
Said Schooling, who was earlier this week granted deferment from national service until the 2016 Olympics: "I like Eddie Reese's training methods and the way he motivates his team.
"It's like, he doesn't even have to push them, the guys are so motivated and are giving their best every time.
"One of the things he said to me was that what matters more than being a good swimmer is being a good guy.
"It just feels good knowing that they are picking you for your morals and not just because they only want to use you for your swims."
The Singaporean, who is based in Jacksonville in Florida, where he is a student of college preparatory institution Bolles School, will begin his four-year college education in August next year.
Schooling made his choice after months of deliberation, finally opting for the Texas institution over three other shortlisted colleges - all of which he had made scouting visits to.
They were the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida, where top American swimmer Ryan Lochte trains.