The last two weeks have seen two stalwart high school seniors sign to play college basketball in the MIAA. In mid-July, North Mercer’s Bailey Owens announced by way of social media, her verbal commitment to Head Coach Buck Scheel and the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.
On Sunday, Chillicothe High School’s Whitney Clampitt announced her collegiate choice. While not Northwest, Clampitt will play in the same conference (MIAA) as Owens. Clampitt verballed with the traditionally strong basketball program at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Owens and Clampitt are part of an exceptionally strong and deep group of girls basketball seniors in the state of Missouri. It is one that collegiate coaches, on all levels, have focused upon to provide an instant talent upgrade to their programs.
More potential collegiate talent in the senior class remains in both the Mercer and Chillicothe programs, as Lindsay Wyatt and Nicole Kost join Owens in Mercer’s “Big 3”, while Katelyn Parkey is part of a deep and talented group in Chillicothe’s senior class of 2017.