By Jacob Messer
For Civitas Media
MADISON - Wednesday marked a milestone for Scott High School senior Ali Jo Whitman, who signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“It is a perfect fit for me,” said Whitman, who commemorated the event with an afternoon ceremony in the school’s media center with friends, relatives, teammates, coaches, teachers, and administrators. “I love the school in general, and it is a very good basketball program. I’m excited.”
Whitman also attributed her choice to the Spartans’ staff — head coach Wendy Palmer and assistant coaches Darren Guensch and Latoya Jones.
“Just the support they gave me,” she said. “Whenever they came to my game, it was not just one coach; it was all three coaches.”
Whitman said no longer having to worry about the recruiting process is a relief.
“Now, I can just play to have fun,” she said.
Whitman has not chosen a major, but she plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
“That is as far as I have gotten right now,” she said.
The 6-foot-3 Whitman enters her senior season with 766 points, 633 rebounds, 122 blocks, 68 assists and 65 steals in her 76-game career. She is a four-year starter for the Skyhawks, who had a 57-22 record in her first three seasons.
“If I’m a college coach, I’m going to take a 6-3 girl with athleticism,” Scott head coach John Porter said. “She has all of the tools and experience to become a great player. She is capable of having a good career, but it is up to her to make it happen.”