Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
CHILLICOTHE — Over the past several months, if you’ve been paying attention to her Twitter feed, Huntington’s Allison Basye has been raking in collegiate basketball offers like leaves in the fall.
After a freshman year where she averaged 17 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, Basye has been offered by several Division I schools including Providence, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Detroit Mercy, among several others … and those are certainly just the first of many more to come.
As her recruiting process heats up, we caught up with Allison to discuss what the past few months have been like, how she’s handling the pressure and much more.
Question: First off, can you talk about what it’s been like getting all these offers? It has to be exciting.
Basye: I don’t even know how to describe it, I feel very thankful and I’m very excited for what’s to come.
Q: What do you think the key was to start having them pour in?
AB: I would have to say definitely all the AAU tournaments my coaches have gotten myself and my team in, and also all the exposure events and showcases I have been playing in.
Q: How are your nerves? Are you more nervous, feeling the pressure? Or are you just enjoying the process?
AB: I think I’m dealing with my nerves fairly well. I hardly ever get nervous in basketball which is a pretty good thing. I just go out there and play the game I love and just play my game.
Q: How have you gotten your name out there?
AB: I definitely couldn’t have done it without all of my coaches from high school, to AAU, and to all of my trainers. I certainly couldn’t have done it without my coaches like Ted Pennington, Trey Sams, Tiffany Carroll, and many more. A big part of it would be all of the AAU tournaments, and exposure events, I have played against some very strong competition and in front of major colleges.
Q: Can you take me through your recruiting process so far?
AB: It has definitely been very long and exciting. It has been a very busy summer you could say, from all the traveling to AAU tournaments, and also playing in elite camps and different showcases.
Q: Is there a certain school or schools you’re hoping to get an offer from?
AB: It is a blessing to get an offer from any college, I’m hoping to play at the highest level I can’t make it to.
Q: What have you been working most on during the off-season?
AB: I would probably have to say I’ve been working a lot on ball-handling drills and just making sure my handles are at the best ability they can be at. I’m also working on all of my game so that I’m at the highest level I can be and bettering myself every single day.