By LARRY VAUGHT
This has been quite a week for Boyle County senior Emmie Harris.
She made an official visit to Utah State Sunday and Monday, broke the school’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday with a 34-point game, scored 30 more points in a win Friday night and then after the game made her verbal commitment to Utah State.
Harris posted this message on Twitter to announce her commitment: “I would first like to thank my team and coaches for all of the time and support they have given me throughout my high school athletic career. I especially would like to thank my family for all the love, encouragement, criticism and patience they showed me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without these people. God has given me so many amazing opportunities through my athletics and has truly blessed me. I am happy and proud to announce that I have verbally committed to Utah State University where I will continue my basketball career and fulfill my dream of playing Division I basketball. #GoAggies.”
Harris now has 2,405 career points (the previous record was 2,351 by Ashley Sanders in 1995).
She’s a do-it-all player. In her record-breaking game against Madison Southern Tuesday, she had eight steals, nine deflections and five rebounds to go with her 34 points. She made three 3-pointers and got to the foul line 10 times.
Because she’s been a three-sport standout (she was a state hurdles champion in track and a dominant player in soccer), her best basketball should still lie ahead when she concentrates on just one sport. That’s one thing college coaches, including those at Utah State, really liked about her.