June Buchanan High School basketball player Kelsey Long made her college choice official last week as she signed a letter of intent to join the Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles.
Long is joining a Lady Eagles squad that finished runner-up in the KIAC tournament this season under the direction of Coach John Mills. Mills was named KIAC Conference Coach of the year for his efforts.
The Lady Eagles team was also recently honored nationally, as they received the prestigious Five Star Team of Character Award. This award is presented to one NAIA Division II squad each year for demonstrating high character both on and off the court, and for contributions they made to their community.
Long, a 6’2 center, was an all-district performer for the Lady Crusaders this year. On the season, she averaged 12.2 points and 9.2 rebound per game. She shot nearly 50% from the field and 71% from the foul line. She also led her team in blocked shots. Mills believes she has a tremendous amount of upside to her game.
“We are happy to welcome Kelsey to the Eagle family,” said her future coach. “Kelsey will bring a much needed intimidating presence on the defensive end. She is very athletic and strong. She also is an excellent free throw shooter. This is a big plus, because she will get a lot of opportunities to get to the charity line with her rugged play.”