After beginning the process in her junior year, Lakeside High School’s Rosalyn Talley finally got to the Point.
Point University, that is, where Talley will play basketball next school year. She made it official Tuesday, signing to play for the Lady Skyhawks in East Point, Ga.
The Lady Panthers standout equated the signing with getting ready for a basketball game.
“It’s nerve-wracking but a happy moment,” said Talley. “I’m real happy right now.”
The 5-foot, 9-inch forward was named to the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA All-Region first team and was a 2013 All-County first-team performer, averaging 16.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
Lady Skyhawks head coach Tory Wooley likes Talley for more than what she can mean to his team on the court.
“She’s a good basketball player; she’s a good student; and she’s even a better person,” said Wooley. “We’re really excited about getting a great student-athlete.”
Talley had interest from other institutions, including Berry College, Benedict, Emmanuel and Lander, but Point won her over.
“When I went to practice with them, it was the family-type environment they have, and the coach was really nice,” said Talley, who plans to major in pre-med/biology with hopes of becoming a radiologist. “And the campus is small but very nice.”
Lakeside girls head coach Drew Shelton thinks she has what it takes to excel right away at the next level.
“She enjoys basketball, and she’s got a lot of savvy, court smarts,” said Shelton. “And those things will help because people talk about freshman mistakes and all that. I don’t think she’ll get frozen up because she’s at a new level playing. I don’t think that’s going to bother her.”
Talley isn’t shrinking from the challenge and is setting her bar high.
“My goal, I want to be All-American, but I’m gonna start small with being the best freshman.”