Murray State head coach Rob Cross told Oregon-Davis high-scoring guard Aubrey Minix that if she came to play with the Racers, she would have the green light to shoot. That type of encouragement and confidence in the 5'9 sharpshooter prompted Minix to give Cross the green light, too. She will sign with Murray State during the early signing period in November.
Minix, who averaged 18.1 points per game (46% fg,117 treys), 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for last year's 24-1 Bobcats, chose Murray State over offers from Winthrop, Florida Gulf Coast and Appalachian State.
During her three-year prep career, Minix has accrued a bevy of awards and honors. She has been her team's MVP and named All-Northland Athletic Conference for three years running. In 2007, when O-D captured the IHSAA 1A crown, Minix was named to the AP All-State Tournament Team as a sophomore. She has been tabbed as All Bi-County and All Sectional, as well as Herald-Argus All-Area in 2007 and 2008. She has been a force for the Bobcats since her freshman year, garnering invitations to the IBCA Top 100 Workout as a freshman, sophomore and junior. But it was the during the summer observation period that Minix caught the eye of the Racer's coaching staff.
"Coach Cross watched Aubrey play last July and offered her a full ride by the close of the week," said O-D head coach and Aubrey's dad Terry Minix. "He told her that at the beginning of each season, he sits with each player and defines their role. With Aubrey, she would have a green light to shoot. When a coach has that kind of confidence in you, you know that your contribution to the team will be valued."
Minix, who is ranked No. 1 academically in her 52-member graduating class and who plans to major in physical education with a math minor, took her official visits after the end of the summer competition period. She liked everything she saw and experienced on her visit to the Murray, Kentucky campus.
"The coaching staff and players were all very welcoming," she said. "Coach Cross told me that I would be a shooter and be able to see playing time as a freshman. I've been told that many coaches recruit the same way that they will treat you once you're there, and the entire coaching staff made me feel welcome and valued, not only as an athlete, but as a person."
Murray State recruiting coordinator Carol Duncan (NorthWood/Purdue), also made an impression on Minix's coaching dad.
"Coach Duncan told us more than once, that she loved the kind of young lady that Aubrey is. She loved her shooting ability and her basketball IQ, but more importantly, admired how she handled herself on and off the court. The entire coaching staff at Murray State is just incredible. When Aubrey had a chance to meet the players, it was just icing on the cake. They welcomed her immediately. It is obvious when watching them play that they are all passionate about the game and about their teammates. This is the type of school Aubrey has been searching for and we are very excited for her."
Murray State – last season's Ohio Valley Conference tournament champions – will lose three perimeter shooters to graduation after this season, setting up an auspicious situation for Minix when she arrives on campus next fall. But until that time, she will be concentrating on unfinished business from last season's disappointing end. The Bobcats, behind the play of Minix and junior sister Gabi Minix, spent the entire season undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the ICGSA 1A polls, but were devastated in a six-point loss to eventual state champion Fort Wayne Canterbury in the Regionals. Getting back to the state finals in her final year of prep ball is Minix's goal.
"We've had a great last couple of years," she says, "but that '1' on our 07-08 record (24-1) still leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We are coming together, working hard, and are as determined as ever to make a strong state run."
Dad agrees with that assessment, for some good reasons.
"For the first time in several years, Oregon-Davis will have a team made up in large part of upperclassmen," he says. "We have a lot of girls that are capable of putting the ball in the basket, which will help take pressure off of Aubrey and Gabi. We have some tough games scheduled this season, in hopes that they will help us prepare for post season play. I've got a great bunch of girls who are willing to work hard, work together, and all share the same goal. We want to make a strong run for the title again this year."
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