LINCOLN — Kaylee Page plays high school basketball 20 minutes from Manhattan, Kan., in Wamego. There, the 6-foot-2 high school junior starts at point guard for her dad and coach, Jim Page, and draws comparisons to Nicole Ohlde, a two-time All-American at Kansas State.
When Kaylee Page hits college, though, those logical comparisons may have to shift to current Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper or some other past NU scorer. Page announced Monday that she picked the Huskers last week over Oklahoma State, Stanford and Kansas.
“I loved the coaches,” said Page, who called NU assistant Dayna Finch last Wednesday and head coach Connie Yori shortly after that. “And I really liked the academic part, too. They care a lot about you transitioning to real life after basketball, and I wanted that.”
At Wamego, Page started at point guard, averaged 21 points and eight rebounds and led the Red Raiders to the Class 4-A Kansas state title.
Page, who was by recruited Nebraska for three years, said she is slated to play small forward in college. Fullcourt.com has Page ranked as the No. 48 player in the 2014 class.
The Huskers' new practice facility and arena played a role in Page's interest in Nebraska, as did a recent Sweet 16 run.
“Women's basketball is so important there,” Page said. “At a lot of schools, it's behind men's basketball, but at Nebraska, it's clearly really important.”
Page has a 4.0 grade-point average. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a 6-foot-2 2015 prospect who skipped the eighth grade. Nebraska has offered her, too. The sisters combined for 42 points and 17 rebounds in Wamego's state title game.
“We're really close, and I'd love to play with her in college,” Kaylee Page said of Lanie. “But I told her I want her to do what's best for her, whatever it is.”
For older sister, that's Nebraska. Kaylee Page doesn't expect that friends and teammates will give a girl deep in Wildcat and Jayhawk territory too much guff for it, either.
“Maybe jokingly,” Page said. “But I don't think so.”
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