If Lady Roo senior Kaylee Brooks had been holding a good poker hand on Wednesday, at Weatherford High School, chances are the student-athlete may have had everyone folding, with one look at the beaming smile of joy on her face. The smile was infectious, and for good reason.
But even though their was no poker being played, Brooks won the pot nonetheless, as she inked a letter-of-commitment to attend and play basketball at Weatherford College.
Brooks, adept enough from behind the arc to lead the scoring for the Lady Roos in the 2011-12 season, and capping off the year by winning the 3-point competition at the annual Mineral Wells Chicken Express All-Star classic, had options for taking her education and basketball career to the next level, but after visits relatively near and far, was enamoured with the opportunity in her own back yard, so to speak.
After considering potential offers from four other schools, Brooks ultimately chose WC, and makes no bones about the reasons why.
“Coach McKinley is a great teacher,” Brooks said of the long-time Weatherford College coach. “I felt very welcomed the very first day I walked in to practice with the [other girls], and that is when I made up my mind up that’s where I wanted to go.
“And my family has been very supportive throughout the recruiting process, and I am thankful each day for that.”
Picking up a basketball around five-years-old, Kaylee has long dreamed of playing basketball at each next level, and is not yet finished with such thoughts. WC has been a nice jumping-off point for athletes who have helped keep the Coyotes program at a high level.
Brooks is aware of the history and plans to work hard to join the list of players who have gone on to play at 4-year programs. She said that was another factor influencing her decision.
Brooks will not spend a lot of time pondering disciplines, as she already has a matter-of-fact attitude about what she wants to do after college is checked off her list.
“I have always had the vision of being a coach and teaching math at the high-school level after college,” Brooks said.
And like her affixed grin, apparent for the duration of her signing while family, coaches and WHS teammates were in attendance at the high school on Wednesday, Brooks’ zeal for getting to play at the next step is contagious, as well, and she is eager to relate her joy.
“This is the best feeling ever to finally get to this point,” she said. “Getting to play basketball in college is a dream come true for me. It’s just, well, the best feeling ever.”