Girls' basketball Snow Canyon guard commits to BYU, American Fork forward to UVU
It was last Friday when Amy Harris got a long-awaited scholarship offer to play basketball for BYU. The Snow Canyon senior was already bursting at the seams to accept it.
Wait, coach Jeff Judkins said, see if it's really what you want.
By Sunday, Harris had done enough reflecting to know that Provo is where she wants to be.
"I've been going to their camps since I was 9 or 10," she said. "BYU has always been my dream, one of my number one goals in life. It's a place I know is the right fit for me. I think coach Judkins kind of knew there was no way I would pass it up."
Apparentely, a shot at Harris was too much for the Cougars to pass up as well. The 5-foot-9 guard, led the Warriors to a 3A championship last season, contributing 16.6 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game. She was The Tribune's 3A MVP.
BYU plans on using the multi-faceted Harris as a combo guard, she said. She hasn't sorted out what she might do about an LDS Church Mission yet, but she would have at least a year in school before she turns 19.
Harris was glad to have figured at least a big chunk of her future out just before basketball season.
"It's been so stressful at times, but it's also been way exciting," she said. "It feels good to get it out of the way."
Harris' commitment came on the heels of another Salt Lake Metro player, althought this one took some extra time to mull her offer.
Ashley Baugh, a 6-foot forward from American Fork, called Utah Valley University coach Cathy Nixon last Wednesday, accepting an offer that she had since mid-summer. It helped that the Wolverines are moving into the Western Athletic Conference, giving her a chance to play high-level ball not too far from home.
"It's always a plus that friends and family can watch me play," she said. "I really wanted to play at a DI school so it's really nice that they're up-and-coming."
Baugh averaged about 12 points per game for the Cavemen last season, helping them make a run to the Class 5A semifinals. With Baugh and fellow senior Cassidy Fraughton returning, American Fork is one of the strongest contenders for a title this winter.
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon
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