Senior guard Shannon Ray was scheduled to sign her letter of intent today at Ursuline. Earlier this spring, Ray, a three-year starter, gave her commitment to Assumption, a Division II college in Worcester, Mass.
Ray also talked to Southern Connecticut and New York Institute of Technology as well as a few Division III schools, but she gravitated toward Assumption after a visit there.
“I really liked the campus and I really liked the girls on the team. They made me feel like I was part of the team,” Ray said.
Ray’s goal was to play Division I initially, but she said schools were discouraged by her size last summer. That opened up the Division IIs, with her goal being to play at as high a level as possible.
“That was my goal all along,” she said.
When Ray visited the campus, she watched Assumption play Pace on Feb. 6. It was one of the losses during Assumption’s 16-13 season, but two things stuck out: 1. The team was young, meaning many of the same girls would be her teammates the next three years. 2. The level of play was higher than Division II ball is often given credit for.
Ray will join a team that fielded five freshmen and two sophomores last year.
“If you actually go to a game, it’s very competitive,” she said. “It’s uptempo. And it’s not far off from a low Division I program.
“After that game, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”