Kaylee Page had an idea that she'd choose the Nebraska women's basketball team back when the Huskers approached her after her freshman year at Wamego (Kan.) High School.
"I thought about it for a long time and I thought it was fair to finally make a decision to accept a scholarship at Nebraska," said the 6-foot-2 Page, who was named by KansasSports.com as the state's player of the year.
Page said her official visit to Lincoln last week was the final tipping point in making her choice.
"The facilities, the coaches, who I've known for a long time, and the team are just what I was looking for," said Page, who averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and three assists a game for the state champion Raiders. "The fact Nebraska cares so much about you after college basketball, after you're done playing, that really made a difference. They really have a great academic program and a lot of things that make getting a degree as important as playing on the team."
Page plays for her father, Jim, and alongside her sister, Lanie, who also is 6-2 and will be a junior next season. Lanie was named the state's sophomore player of the year. She is two years younger than Kaylee, but skipped eighth grade.
Kaylee, a 4.0 student who had dozens of scholarship offers, said Facebook, emails and mail offers continued to present offers from colleges around the country.
"This wasn't that hard a choice," she said. "I like (the Huskers') style and I admire the way they develop players."
Although Page is tall, she plays guard for Wamego and would like to play guard in college.
"I'm willing to do anything, but I'm not just a post player; I play the perimeter and I have a lot of experience playing outside. I'm working on my defense and rebounding inside a lot."