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Underclassmen making college decisions known
Region Roundball Review

07/30/08 01:38 am by RRR | Back

The off season is the season of decisions, and three of Indiana's top rising upperclassmen have made theirs. Fort Wayne Corcordia point guard Andrea Newbauer is headed to Bloomington and the Big Ten, while Chesterton forward Abby Skube will suit up for Loyola Chicago after her final year of prep basketball, following DAC rival Lisa Samplawski to the Ramblers. Rising junior Dee Dee Williams, who was an impact player for the Giants this past season, was nabbed early by Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp, who hopes her teammate, senior Alex Bentley, will follow Williams to the Boilermaker fold. 


Newbauer (right), a lead guard who averaged 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, will join the Hoosier roster in 2010. According to the News-Sentinel, the 5'8 rising junior was happy to find a college gig close to home so that her family will not be overburdened with a great deal of travel. Last season, Newbauer helped the 3A Cadets to a 15-8 record under head coach David Miller.



Skube (left), who helped Jack Campbell's Trojans to a 10-11 record and DAC fifth place finish last season, mulled over offers from IUPUI and Central Michigan before deciding on the Chicago-based Loyola program. As a junior she averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. A wing with the ability to go inside or hit from the perimeter, Skube was named Second Team All-Area by The Times. Photo courtesy of

Chesterton's Abby Skube verbals to play hoops at Loyola - The Times



Williams (right), a versatile 6'0 wing from last season's No. 1 ranked Ben Davis Giants, considered offers from Notre Dame,  Indiana, Butler and IUPUI, according to Gold & Black Illustrated, before going with her "heart"'s decision of Purdue. Although just scoring 6.5 points per game, the All-County HM player displayed all-around skills with averages of 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game from the wing to impress the Purdue staff and head coach Sharon Versyp, not to mention the staffs of a bevy of D-I Indiana. Williams, with a major decision behind her, will be focusing on what could be a dream season for Ben Davis next year. Stan Benge's Giants return everyone from a 24-2 team, including All-Conference and All-State honorees Alex Bentley and De'Airra Goss. Photo from Ben Davis website.





Representing their home state in fine fashion, South Bend Washington's Skylar Diggins and Heritage Christian's Kelly Farris were both key to USA's sweep of the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina. In the final game against  host Argentina, Diggins logged 11 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in a team-high 26 minutes for the red, white & blue, while Farris had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in 19 minutes during the lopsided 81-37 victory. During the round-robin, five-game series, Diggins started every game for Team USA and averaged 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field. She led her team in steals and assists and appeared in the top five in nearly every backcourt statistical category. Faris, who had the fifth most minutes on the team, averaged  4.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She shot a solid 45 percent from the field and 57% from behind the arc, going 4-7. Diggins and Faris were two of only four rising seniors on the 12-member U18 team. The FIBA sweep and first-place finish qualified USA for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship.


From the USA Basketball website:

Skylar Diggins - On winning a gold medal:
I am so excited. This is what we came here for, and all of our hard work paid off. We stayed focus and did what we came to do. It's a blessing to be here, and it feels great to win undefeated gold. It's one thing to represent your school or your state, but this is as big as it gets.

On the experience:
Coming here and training with this team made me mentally tougher. I got a feel for what college practices will be like, and learned how to deal with that, which is good. I'm grateful for this opportunity. Not a lot of girls get to make a trip like this. Playing was my favorite part. To see us all come together and play as a team, that's was great to see.


Kelly Faris - On winning a gold medal:
Winning a gold medal kind of makes you speechless. Not only did we win the gold medal for us, but every person who saw us wanted us to win it for them too. It's an accomplishment that a lot of people don't have a chance to experience, and it feels good.

On the experience:
It's hard to point to one thing as my favorite part. It's the whole thing really. To have the opportunity to travel to a foreign country with the best players in the country, it's been really fun. The experience in Argentina was a lot different than what we are used to, and it was neat to see how other people live.




According to a news interview with WSBT-TV (linked above), at least seven schools are still in the running for the college services of Skylar Diggins. At the time before she left to play on the USA team, she had narrowed her choices to Notre Dame, Stanford, Maryland, Oklahoma, Illinois, UCLA and Rutgers. In the interview, Diggins was hoping to have her list pared down to five or less by the time she returned from Argentina. Her plans are to sign in November.



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