By LARRY VAUGHT
There was never a set plan for Emma Harris to make her college choice.
When basketball season started, the Boyle County senior wasn’t sure if she would play basketball, soccer or both sports in college. As the season progressed and her play continued to shine, she got more and more attention from college basketball coaches.
She became Boyle County’s all-time leading scorer the day after returning from an official visit to Utah State last week and then Friday gave her verbal commitment to Utah State.
“I didn’t have a plan to do it but I just knew this was too good to pass up,” said Harris. “It was just a great fit for me. I loved it when we went out there and just decided my decision was made.”
Harris was also named 12th Region Player of the Year last week, making her eligible for a tryout for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game and a candidate on the Miss Basketball ballot (and she did get my vote).
“The week will rank up there pretty high in my all-time memories,” Harris said.
She said her parents were happy for her.
“My cried on the plane ride home (from Utah State),” Harris said. “I wasn’t sure why, but once I made my decision she told me she knew I was happy there and she was happy for me.”
Harris had other Division I schools along with Division II, Division III and NAIA teams recruiting her. But Utah State won her over.
“The one big thing was just the atmosphere,” Harris said. “The team was great. The coaching staff was amazing. It was just a great place to be. It was just an amazing experience.”
This week she would like to help find a way to help Boyle, the No. 4 seed, get to at least the 45th District Tournament final and advance to the 12th Region Tournament.
“Making my decision got a lot of weight lifted off me,” Harris said. “I am going to play the same way, though. Nothing changes with how I play.”
Nothing changes with her plans for track season, either. She is a defending state champion and her team also won Boyle’s first state track title last year.
“I want another state (team) trophy. I definitely will run track,” she said.
Utah State assistant coach J.C. Carter was her primary recruiter and could be in Danville this week for the 45th District Tournament and also to look at some other central Kentucky players.
“He (Carter) came to a lot of my practices and games,” Harris said. “He’s just a great guy and fun to be around. I just wanted to take my visit and see how the team responded and I had a great experience just like he told me I would. I could not be happier.”