Rigsby verbally commits to CMU
Grand Valley senior Kylyn Rigsby cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, announcing her verbal commitment to play basketball next season at Colorado Mesa University. The standout guard can’t officially sign her letter of intent until Nov. 9 when the early signing period for the National Collegiate Athletic Association opens up.
“A lot of it [committing] had to do with it me being excited about what was ahead of me,” Rigsby said. “And that’s what they were looking for as a program was somebody that wanted to be there and was passionate about the program. I knew after the camp I attended this summer that they were really interested in me, and it just progressed from there.”
Rigsby was regarded as arguably the best player in the 3A Western Slope League last season and appears to be a lock for 3A WSL Player of the Year this year under Head Coach Jake Higuera. Last season the standout guard averaged 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while leading the Cardinals to a 17-6 record and a state playoff berth. She also starred on the Colorado Premier travel team throughout the summer. Now, she’ll get the chance to enjoy her senior season without worrying about what comes next for her in her basketball career.
“This took a lot of stress off,” Rigsby said. “I talked to my coach a lot and he told me that now I can just focus on enjoying my final season as a Cardinal and playing every game like it’s my last without worrying whether or not coaches are there to watch me. Now I can really take in the experience of my final year and just enjoy everything along the way with my team and my family.”
Fortunately for Rigsby, the daughter of Brennan and Melissa Rigsby, she’ll get to stay close to home at CMU where her large support system of her immediate family, extended family and close friends from the community can still come out and watch her play all of her home games as a member of the Mavericks.
“Staying local was a big thing for me,” Rigsby said. “My family has basically been there for me through everything in my career; they’re a great support system. Getting a chance to stay local was big for me because they can still be there to watch me play at home, so that’s one less thing that will be a big change for me moving from high school to college basketball.”
“We’re just really excited for her,” Brennan Rigsby said. “That’s what she wanted to be known as was a basketball player and she’s worked so hard to accomplish that. We’re very happy she decided to stay local to play basketball for Mesa. That seems to be the goal for most local basketball players around here, so it’s great for her that she’s getting a chance to achieve that goal.”
As far as how she’ll fit into the new team, Rigsby said that she’ll most likely play shooting guard for the Mavericks where she’ll be able to handle the ball while still taking on a scorers role under Head Coach Taylor Wagner, who is in his fifth season at the helm.