T.J. Hawkins remembers when Breanna Mobley started playing basketball in her early elementary school years.
On Thursday night, the all-stater from Waverly High School committed to play basketball for NCAA Division I Western Michigan University.
“I’m super excited because she’s been working hard for a long time,” Hawkins said. “A lot of kids are good in high school but don’t get this opportunity.
“I’m super happy for her to go to a school that recruited her pretty hard that’s a great fit for what she has to offer. We had the opportunity to go to team camps down there, and she was super comfortable.”
Mobley is thankful to her parents that she has reached this point.
“They pushed me even when I was ready to give up on basketball,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
The University of Toledo also offered Mobley an athletic scholarship.
“I went on some other visits, but something about Western made me feel at home and comfortable,” said Mobley, who was especially comfortbale with Western head coach and former Michigan State assistant Shane Clipfell. “He was really concerned about me and he didn’t really know me.”
She was also impressed with her future teammates.
It didn’t hurt that Mobley’s best friend, Waverly graduate Brittany Tyson, attends WMU.
“She loves the game,” Hawkins said. “She has a lot of friends in the area, but when she gets in between the lines, she has a high motor. She can rebound, and she’s a beast in the paint on the block.
“Over the last year, she’s working hard on getting rebounds and pushing the ball up the court. As she gets mastery of some other things, she will have more opportunities to avoid double and triple-teams. She’s not scared to do that. She’s a gym rat. They’re going to get better naturally.”
Adding those skills will help her be able to play more positions at WMU.