By LARRY VAUGHT
Seygan Robins of Mercer County, one of the top juniors in Kentucky, has verbally committed to Louisville over Kentucky.
The 5-8 guard had multiple scholarship offers but it came down to Louisville and UK. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had been guest speaker twice at Mercer’s annual Christmas tournament and was one of the first to offer Robins a scholarship. However, she felt a closer bond with Louisville coach Jeff Walz.
“Coach Walz has been telling me some things I need to work on. I have a lot of work to do, but he says if I keep improving I can come in and see the floor (play),” Robins said.
Robins, regarded as a four-star prospect, led her team in scoring (16.2), field goal shooting (45 percent), 3-point shooting (37 percent), assists (4.7), steals (3.6) and deflections (3.1). She also shot 73 percent at the foul line.
Her team finished 31-6 and reached the state tournament semifinals. She has scored over 1,500 points and made over 150 3-pointers in her career already.
Mercer coach Chris Souder is her uncle and has known since she was little that she would be a special player. “She’s a terrific player with a great motor,” Souder said. “She never quits battling.”
Robins says she seriously considered Kentucky and the turmoil with players and assistant coaches leaving in the last year did not enter her decision. She called Mitchell to tell him of her decision but had to leave a message and is hoping to still talk to him.
“I considered Kentucky very seriously, but I just really like Louisville,” she said. “The environment seems right and they play a style where I am a better fit. I know it puts more pressure on me the next two years. I have committed but I have to be up to Louisville’s standards.
“I have been thinking about this for a long time. Me and my family talked about it and I have been praying a lot about it and Louisville is where I want to be, so why wait (to commit). I just love the enthusiasm that coach Walz has.”