By LARRY VAUGHT
Mercer County junior Emmy Souder likely would have continued to get more scholarship offers but she decided Friday that Northern Kentucky University was the right place for her.
Souder is the fifth player — all juniors — on Mercer’s team to make a verbal commitment to a Division I school. Seygan Robbins has committed to Louisville while Lexy Lake, Faith Lake and Emma Davis are all committed to Southeast Missouri.
“Emmy’s college choice is a good choice in my opinion,” Mercer coach Chris Souder said. “My reasoning is that based on the way they are recruiting she will have the opportunity to play her natural position of a stretch 4. I think some of the other schools maybe viewed her as more of a 5 and she is much more comfortable facing the basket.”
Emmy Souder has 802 career on a team that already has three 1,000-point scorers and two other teammates who also have over 800 points. She also has 426 career rebounds and is a career 46.9 percent shooter from the field.
This year she is averaging 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She’s hitting 47.7 percent from the field and 80.2 percent at the foul line. She’s also increased her shooting range and is a 35 percent 3-point shooter.
“Emmy has a tremendous upside and is someone who wants to win and is willing to do whatever she needs to get better,” Chris Souder said. “Northern Kentucky is getting a good player but an even better person.
“We are all super excited for her and now she can relax and enjoy the remainder of her junior and senior seasons.”
12th Region Pairings
Mercer County will open 12th Region Tournament play against Boyle County at 6 p.m. Monday at Pulaski County High School in Somerset. Southwestern plays Rockcastle County in the nightcap.
On Tuesday, Somerset plays Wayne County at 6 and Lincoln County takes on West Jessamine in the second game at 8.
Semifinals will be Friday night and the title game on Saturday night.