Huntley's Sam Andrews commits to Truman State

When Sam Andrews returned home after visiting Truman State on Monday, she started listing everything she liked about the Division II school.

Andrews, a senior at Huntley, was looking for a school that fit her not only on the basketball court but in the classroom as well. After talking it over with her family and finding her list littered with qualities she loved about the school, Andrews commited to play basketball for Truman State on Tuesday night.

"We just felt like it was a great fit," Andrews said. "I love the coaches and the program is going to challenge me and is going to challenge me academically as well."

Andrews had also been considering the University of Illinois-Springfield, Loras and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Andrews said Bulldogs coach Amy Eagan and the staff envision her playing either the No. 3 or No. 4 position. Truman State, which is located in Kirksville, Mo., and is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, went 20-8 last season.

"They said I'd be a great fit for their style of play, offensively and defensively," Andrews said. "They can definitely challenge me and help me develop as a player."

Andrews, the reigning Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 15.7 points per game, hitting double digits in 31 of Huntley's 34 games last season and helped lead the Red Raiders to a program-best fourth-place finish in Class 4A. Deciding on where she would play college basketball ahead of the high school season was a top priority for Andrews. The 6-foot senior forward will be part of a Red Raiders squad returning four starters and should be one of the area's top teams.

"It's defintely a big relief for me," Andrews said. "It's something I really wanted to do as far as making a decision before my high school season started so I can enjoy my senior year and play without worrying about deciding where to go."