Queensland teenage basketball prodigy Kristy Wallace has ended a bidding war featuring 50 American colleges by signing with Texas’ Baylor University.
Opal-in-waiting Kristy Wallace is bound for the prestigious Baylor University (BU) basketball program in Texas after sparking a remarkable bidding war featuring more than 50 colleges in the United States.
The 18-year-old Queensland prodigy will leave in August but will be released for national duty by BU, starting with December’s Oceania qualifiers for the 2015 under-19 world championships.
The point guard was first sounded out by US college scouts at just 16 when she helped Australia claim bronze in the World Three on Three tournament in Spain in 2012.
“Kristy is absolutely the top junior point guard in Australia at the moment and it’s not surprising that every single college in America was chasing her – my phone was running hot,” said Basketball Queensland’s national performance coach Leonard King.
King said BU had agreed to work with Basketball Australia (BA) and release Marshall for national duty even during “some parts of the college season if required”.
Opals coach Brendan Joyce had already started grooming the talented point guard, offering her a BA Centre of Excellence scholarship at Canberra’s AIS this year.
She was the sole point guard and only one of three players in her under-17 to 19 age group offered a spot by Joyce in 2014.