Lindsay Holy Family center Kaylee Jensen has become the latest high-scoring girls basketball player to commit to a Division I school.
The 6-foot-4 Jensen, who will be a senior in the fall, recently gave her oral commitment to Oklahoma State. She averaged 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds this past season for the Class D-2 Bulldogs.
She joins Shelby-Rising City's Chatrice White and Minden's Brooke Kissinger — both juniors committed to Illinois — as top players who have recently come to a collegiate decision. White averaged 23.4 points in 2012-13 and Kissinger averaged 19.5.
“Everything about Oklahoma State seemed awesome to me,” Jensen said. “The facilities, the coaches, the academics. I just got the feeling that I could be very successful there.”
Jensen had drawn interest from several schools, including Nebraska. She also had considered nearby options Wayne State and the University of South Dakota, but decided on the Big 12 school located in Stillwater, Okla.
“The distance thing is the only possible drawback,” she said. “But everything else seemed so right that I'm really comfortable with my decision.”
Jensen has been a three-year standout for Holy Family. She averaged 11 points as a freshman and 21 as a sophomore before putting up a scoring average that led the state this past season.
Basketball isn't her only sport. She also was an All-Class D-2 volleyball player last fall and finished third in the Class D discus and shot put at the state track meet last month.
“I enjoy those other sports,” she said. “But basketball is No. 1 with me, hands down.”
Jensen had one of her best games in January against Niobrara-Verdigre, when she poured in a school-record 43 points. She did not have a point early in the game but scored 43 of the Bulldogs' final 50 points.
The graduation of four senior starters heading into this season was serious motivation for Jensen, who also led the team in steals and blocks.
“With those starters gone, I was a little nervous,” she said. “But I was really proud of what our team accomplished.”
The Bulldogs didn't have one senior on their roster but still managed to reach state. Holy Family lost in the semifinals against eventual champion Wynot and finished the season 25-3.
Jensen said she would keep busy this summer playing basketball for a select team out of Norfolk. She also plans to make a youth group mission trip to Chicago.
“It's awesome to have this decision behind me,” she said. “It's a real release of pressure.”
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