Ashley High School Athletics



Ashley senior Felecity Havens orally committed to play basketball at Troy University in Alabama on Sunday.

Havens, the 2012-2013 StarNews Player of the Year, didn’t expect to offer a commitment on her official visit but began discussing the possibility with her mother on Saturday night, excited by the pitch put forth by second-year coach Chanda Rigby and her staff.

When Havens gave the non-binding pledge over breakfast, her future coach’s eyes filled with tears. The 6-foot forward also considered Division I scholarship offers from UNCW and Monmouth (N.J.) before choosing the Trojans, who play in the Sun Belt Conference and have won just 12 total games over the past three seasons.

Rigby “said she was so happy to get a player like me,” Havens said. “She’s known for changing programs around. That’s what I’m hoping for. I think we’re on the same page.”

Havens averaged 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last winter, leading the Eagles to the third round of the 4A state playoffs. Also a standout middle hitter on the volleyball team, she set the school-record for points in a season with 476 and passed the 1,000-point mark.

Havens had planned to visit Monmouth later this month before making a decision but changed her mind after a weekend on campus in which she attended a football game, toured campus and played pickup with a few of the Trojans. By the end, she was ready to close the recruiting process.

“I was just so pleased with [the visit],” said Havens, who will likely play on the wing at the next level. “I didn’t want to go to New Jersey and get all confused and stuff. I had a gut feeling, and I went with it.”

Havens expects to make her commitment official during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 13. Mike Ryan, a 2006 Ashley graduate in his first season as a Troy assistant, led her recruitment.

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