MURFREESBORO – Blackman senior Angel Allen wanted to go to a college that felt like home.
Home took her to Cullowhee, North Carolina.
The Lady Blaze reserve guard committed to Western Carolina University earlier this week, becoming the second senior on her team to make her college decision.
“I think the main thing was family,” Allen said. “I am going to be gone for four years. I wanted to go to a place where it would be another family from home.
“I just knew that this was the place for me. It has a little bit of everything. It’s in the Smokey Mountains. And I love the team’s chemistry.”
Allen, a 5-foot-6 senior, averaged 2.9 points and 3.0 rebounds a year ago. She had a season-high 13 points in an 86-55 win over Smyrna on Jan. 28. However, her role could expand this season with the graduation of guard Micah Norris, the lone senior starter a year ago.
Blackman won its first TSSAA Class AAA girls basketball state championship last season. The Lady Blaze were also named national champions by USA TODAY, MaxPreps and ESPN.
“She’s a great team player and a vital piece for what we did a year ago,” Blackman girls coach Chad Hibdon said. “Her role and responsibilities have now increased. She’s earned more minutes and will compete for a starting position.
“The thing about Angel was she was a spark offensively and defensively for us. She did the intangible things for us, like getting a loose ball or hitting a big shot or getting a key rebound.”
Commitments are non-binding for the athlete and the school. Allen cannot sign until Nov. 12.
She also had an offer from Austin Peay and received interest from Southern Illinois and Marshall.
The Catamounts, coached by Karen Middleton, finished 15-17 last season.
Allen joins Tennessee commitment MeMe Jackson as college commitments off the current Lady Blaze roster.
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