ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) With all of the noise at the top of the NIC-10 in girls basketball, Auburn quietly pulled off one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Knights have a trio of players to thank as they sign their letters of intent.
Nya Taylor, Syndey Erwin and Nia Neal all put pen to paper Tuesday afternoon. Taylor, who was selected as First Team All-Conference, is off to play at Blackhawk Community College. The 5'6" senior credited second year head coach Darryl Watkins for getting her to the next level, even though the two did not always see eye-to-eye in his first season. Taylor bought in and she averaged just over 10 points per game her senior year. She said Watkins has the program headed in the right direction.
"He's been getting coaches to come watch us play, even before the season, during open gym, conditioning and all," said Taylor. "He actually gets us film and sends it out to coaches wherever."
"I feel like it's going to make more coaches come down, seeing that the majority of our seniors have actually signed already. For our younger girls, we have a talented group of girls, so I think they're going to go far."
Neal will play at Division II junior college Parkland Community College. She is excited to put pen to paper.
"It means that I know for sure what I'm doing with my future after high school," said Neal. "I'm committed to a school that I'm actually going to be able to play for. Playing basketball is something I wanted to do in college and I'm glad that I have that opportunity at Parkland."
Erwin is off to North Central College, a NCAA Division III school. She said she is happy to help put the Lady Knights basketball program on the map.
"It's definitely incredible because now more college coaches will know that we are a good program and we are on the come up," said Erwin. "I think it'll be good for a lot of the younger players to get more college looks definitely."