“The school was a beautiful campus overall, and the team welcomed me with open arms; they were very supportive of me when I played with them and stuff. I just felt like I would gel with them and stuff,” she said. “Of course it’s a great academic school, so that was an even better decision I had to make, and that was a big thing for me, because I do value my education a lot. So for me to get both taken care of at one time, and for it to be so close to an Ivy League school in the type of education I would be getting, for free because of basketball, is mind-blowing to me.”
The senior shooting guard averaged 15.9 points per game with 6.7 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 2.4 assists a game as well, and is likely to make an immediate impact for the Lady Leopards next season.
“The coaches at Lafayette really love her and they definitely have her in their immediate plans, so she just needs to come in and do what the coaches ask and work hard, and I know she’ll do very well,” Owens said. “She has all the tools, and I know she’ll be very successful at Lafayette.”
Waller admits the decision to go to school in Pennsylvania, so far away from home, was a difficult one that she felt she had to make at this point in her life.
“I’m going to miss this place a lot, especially my teammates and being around my family all the time,” she said. “It’s going to be difficult, but it’s something I’ve got to do.”
While the BHS girl’s basketball program is pleased to see Waller continue her education and play at the next level, Owens hopes to have others follow in her footsteps in the coming years.
“I’m just really happy for her,” he said. “She serves as a role model, leader for our younger basketball players, so we hope to have these types of signings in the years to come.”