Milan High School junior guard Cadence “Cady” Pauley, who led the Grand River Conference in scoring last season at 28.7 points per game, has announced, via Twitter, a verbal commitment to Missouri State University and head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton, anticipating starting her career with the Lady Bears in the 2022-2023 season.
Pauley, a 5’10” guard, took the GRC by storm two years ago, averaging an eye-popping 27.2 points per game as a freshman, and managing, as a sophomore, to slightly increase those numbers, while adding 6.7 rebounds per contest.
When you know… you know. I want to thank everyone that helped make this day possible including my family, teammates, coaches & God. I’m so excited to commit to @MSULadyBears Basketball! @MSUCoachMox @AllIowaAttack @ChedHurley @MilanC2Schools @MilanLadycats #ClassOf2022 💪🏼🏀 💯 pic.twitter.com/USkbl22ElX
— cady pauley (@pauley_cady) September 14, 2020
Ironically, Pauley had visited the Missouri State University campus in early March, when the Milan boys basketball program, for the first time, had advanced to Missouri’s “Show-Me Showdown”, bowing out with a semifinal loss to eventual state champion Hartville. At that time, Pauley had no idea that MSU could be her future home. The offer from the Lady Bears arrived in late July.
Pauley had been receiving increased interest from Power 5 schools the likes of Alabama, Minnesota, and Iowa, but indicated that loyalty to a program offering her the first chance to go to the Division One level led to Sunday night’s decision.