Eubank commits to Bison

Eubank commits to Bison

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Eubank commits to Bison

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MURFREESBORO

Emily Eubank wants to be part of something special in college.

And for her, that is at Lipscomb University.

The Oakland High senior point guard committed to Lipscomb on Friday.

“I really want to be part of something special, and I think that could be something special,” Eubank said. “I think I could come in and make a difference and help it.

“That’s why I’d love to go there, and want to go there.”

Commitments are non-binding for the athlete and the school. She cannot sign until Nov. 13 when the early signing period begins.

Eubank, a 5-foot-9 athlete, also had offers from Belmont, Southeast Missouri and UT-Martin. UT-Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech was also recruiting her.

Lipscomb struggled under first-year coach Greg Brown. The Lady Bison went 3-26 during the 2012-13 season.

However, Eubank could give the program a lift after next season. She is Lipscomb’s fourth commitment for the Class of 2014, joining Lipscomb Academy’s Loren Cagle, Sycamore’s Amber Fuqua and Brewer (Ala.) 6-foot-2 post Riley Northway.

Eubank averaged 10.2 points and 3.0 assists a game this past season for the Lady Patriots, who advanced to the Region 4-AAA semifinals and were ranked in the Associated Press’ statewide poll during the season. She was an All-District 7-AAA and All-Region 4-AAA member this past season.

Eubank enters next season with 944 career points. She has started every game in her high school career.

“I think it’s a great get for Lipscomb University,” Oakland coach Jennifer Grandstaff said. “They are getting a quality basketball player. She is an outstanding young lady with great morals. She will make their program so much better.

“Whoever got her would see a big upswing in the next four years in their experience with Emily. Lipscomb is very, very fortunate to get Emily.”

Eubank wants to pursue a degree in nursing. She said that helped play a key part in her decision.

“I want to be a nurse and ultimately a nurse practitioner,” she said. “It’s an amazing program there. I couldn’t say anything bad there. They have a brand new building.”

Eubank said Brown has been recruiting her from some time. Assistant coach John Wild, who coached Eubank in AAU and against her as Riverdale’s girls coach also helped recruit her after joining Lipscomb’s staff.

Eubank told both of her decision to commit there on Friday.

“(Lipscomb) was recruiting me somewhat before (Wild) got there,” said Eubank, who is playing for Tennessee Flight this summer in AAU. “I love coach Wild. I played for him in the summer time and played against him in the fall. I love both he and coach Brown.

“Their enthusiasm is so heartwarming and motivating for the next four years there.”

Eubank was part of a surge in talented girls prep basketball teams this past season. At one point, three Murfreesboro girls basketball programs — Blackman, Oakland and Riverdale — were ranked nationally.

“She is just a great student. She’s a great kid with a great work ethic,” Grandstaff said.

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