The Valdosta Daily Times
Taylor Hauser has known for months that she was going to sign with Fort Scott. And on Tuesday, the Valdosta High senior did just that.
Valdosta’s three-sport ahtlete that has a never-ending love for basketball — and the three-point line — signed her national letter of intent to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in front of teammates, coaches and family Tuesday afternoon.
“It is a dream come true,” Hauser said, moments after signing with the school. “My favorite memories (from Valdosta) will be just the family-oriented team. The love that we share, it is amazing. It is amazing to be able to play a game with them.”
At Fort Scott, Hauser will spend two years working on her craft, in hopes of working her way towards a Division I program. Her chances are good, too.
Fort Scott is known for producing Division I caliber players, says Hauser.
“The coach there has a record of sending most, if not all, of her girls Division I,” said Hauser, who grew up watching and rooting for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. “That is my dream, to go D1. That is what I want to do.”
Hauser helped accomplish a lot with the Lady Wildcats in her four years, including winning the Region 1-AAAAAA regular season championship last year as a senior.
“I am glad she is signing; that she has put in the four years with a lot of hard work and dedication to make this a reality for her,” said Valdosta head coach E.A. Wilcox, whose team finished with a 23-6 record in 2012-13. “She was one of the top 3-point shooters on the team and she helped us win some ball games. I am just very extremely proud of her for reaching this pinnacle.
“This is the start of something very good for her because she is dedicated to the program and dedicated to basketball.”
As for how playing on a high level in high school prepared Hauser to play college basketball, she says just look at how her and her teammates matched up against the Atlanta-area competition.
“Coach encourages us to go to the next level and always has us playing teams that nobody thinks we can compete with,” Hauser said. “And we win.”
Hauser, who also played softball and soccer at Valdosta, will have to prepare herself for playing early and often at Fort Scott, which went 4-27 in 2012-13.
“Her coach that has her is very happy, very ecstatic to have her signing,” Wilcox said.
Once her playing career is done, Hauser says she plans on becoming a coach, as she will major in education in college.
“That is definitely the dream — to become a coach,” Hauser said.
Valdosta will hold more signings May 22 at 1 p.m.