Ames basketball player Molly Sanders is shipping out.
Sanders, a 5-foot-7 senior who led the Little Cyclones in scoring with a 13.1-point average, told the Register Monday that she plans to play at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Playing for a service academy requires a five-year commitment to the Navy after graduation. Sanders said she wants a chance.
“I don’t want to look back in 10 years and wonder what could have happened,” Sanders said.
Sanders is one of the top outside shooters in the state. She ranked fourth among CIML players with 51 3-pointers last season.
She visited the campus over the weekend and was impressed. She also considered the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
“It’s incredible, the people who are there truly want to see you succeed,” Sanders said.
The Academy’s most famous basketball player, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson — nicknamed “The Admiral” — had his image all over the athletic complex.
“He’s everywhere,” Sanders said.
Sanders is an outstanding student as well. She has a 3.7 grade-point average.