At this time a year ago, the Guyer girls basketball program had never had a player commit to a Division I university.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Lady Wildcats have two.
Senior point guard Lauren Heard joined her former teammate Bre Wickware (Indiana) on Wednesday when she committed to play basketball at TCU. The first day a Class of 2017 player can sign a national letter of intent is when the fall early signing period begins on Nov. 9.
“TCU was a good fit for me because I love the coaches,” said Heard, who chose the Horned Frogs over a slew of offers from programs including Houston, SMU, Kansas State, Rice, Louisiana Tech and UNT among others. “Coach [Raegan] Pebley has a really good relationship with God. It’s really close to my home so my friends and family can come to the games, and I just love the girls and played AAU ball with a few of them. We have a lot of chemistry already.”
Pebley, the Horned Frogs’ third-year head coach, has started to build a potential power in Fort Worth with her recent run of recruits, including freshman guard Amber Ramirez, a McDonald’s All-American out of San Antonio Wagner.
“They’ll be a force to be reckoned with this coming year I think,” Heard said. “They have a lot of good, young girls with their freshmen they got. It’s a young team and when I get there I’ll be able to play with them most of my college years without many changes.”
Guyer’s first-year head coach Aimee Kilgore, who was an assistant under former coach Andrea Robinson beginning with Heard’s sophomore season, said the four-year starter has a chance to be a part of something special with TCU.
“The beautiful thing is, from my perspective, we can go watch her play,” Kilgore said. “She’s in the Big 12 — that’s huge and a great stage for her to play on. What she brings to the table is obvious and that’s why everyone wanted to recruit her — she has the ability to a game-changer and take their program where they want to be.”
Heard, the reigning co-MVP in District 5-6A, averaged 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a junior to go with an eye-popping 5.2 steals per game, and she said the fast-paced system Pebley runs was a big reason for her making the choice to stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for her college career.
“Their style of play is lots transition and whoever gets the ball just goes, and that’s the way I like to play,” she said. “I like to play fast. I think I’ll fit well.”
Heard said she can now focus solely on her senior year at Guyer as the Lady Wildcats move to a loaded District 6-6A featuring annual powers like Plano West.
“When I made the commitment, I immediately felt better with just being able to focus on what’s here,” Heard said. “My teammates here deserve 100 percent of me, so I’m really happy about getting this out of the way.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.