For Emma Guy, visiting Boston College on New Year’s Eve was love at first sight.
The 6-foot-3 junior forward for the Penfield basketball team gave a verbal commitment to the Eagles and head coach Erik Johnson on Monday. Guy got her first glimpse of Chestnut Hill on Dec. 31, watching Boston College (8-8 overall, 0-2 ACC) beat Northeastern in a non-conference rivalry game.
“I took a tour around campus and instantly fell in love with the school and the coaches,” said Guy, who is averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2 blocks for Penfield (6-1), the third-ranked team in the Democrat and Chronicle coaches’ poll. “(Johnson) had so much excitement talking about (me) playing in a higher-level conference and I just remember thinking that I would love to have a coach like this and to be pushed to get my full potential.”
Guy, who is making 66 percent of her shots, has been a player for the Eagles before. She starred for the Wayne Central Eagles as a freshman before transferring to Penfield prior to last school year. Wayne went on to win the Section V Class A2 title; Penfield was a Class AA semifinalist but is a sectional contender again.
Coach Mark Vogt’s Patriots play at Webster Schroeder (2-5) on Tuesday before hosting rival Rush-Henrietta (10-0), the No. 1 team in the D&C poll, on Friday.
Guy, also a key hitter last fall on Penfield’s state runner-up volleyball team, also had scholarship offers from Massachusetts, Canisius, Colgate, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and Loyola (Md.). She has good mobility and foot work. Guy played a supporting role for the Patriots in basketball last winter but is a focal point this season.