DUBLIN — Courtney Thompson knew exactly where she wanted to attend college right from the start, and on Tuesday the West Bladen senior inked an agreement to play her collegiate basketball career for Methodist University.
“It’s the only college I really looked at,” Thompson said. “I just really liked the coach, the school and the program for my major.”
Thompson, who will major in biology, said she will have a lot of work to do before heading off to Methodist in the fall.
“I’m going to have to work at getting faster,” she said. “It’s a lot different game at that level.”
Her high-school coach agreed.
“She’ll definitely have an adjustment to make,” said West Bladen varsity basketball coach Pam Stephens. “She’ll need to get used to the pace of the game, and having a 30-second shot clock will create some adjustments, too.”
The Lady Monarchs play out of the USA South Athletic Conference. This past season, Methodist finished 16-11 overall and 10-4 in the conference.
Both Stephens and Thompson are hoping she can see some playing time in her freshman year. But before that can happen, Stephens said Thompson will have to put in the effort.
“She just has to put the work in, and I think she can get playing time,” Stephens said.
During her high-school career, Thompson helped lead the Lady Knights to the state playoffs all four seasons. She averaged 6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game as a freshman; 11.3 points and 14.9 rebounds as a sophomore; 11.7 points and 13.2 rebounds as a junior; then 17 points and 17.7 rebounds as a senior.
She finisher career with 1,403 rebounds at West Bladen, which ranks her No. 4 on the state’s all-time rebounding list.