Sadie Edwards, who verbally committed to UConn on Tuesday, is mature far behind her age (16).
And from the time she was very little, she knew where she wanted to play college basketball.
“I have wanted to play for UConn and I think it goes back to when I was six. I’ve always watched them and imagined myself there,” Edwards said. “Then as I got older, it began to become clear how actually difficult it would be to do so. Sometimes I wondered if I’d ever get there.
“As a player, you understand there is an elite level and UConn-caliber elite. I knew I’d have my work cut out for me. But even as began to think about just going to high-level program, I knew that I’d likely spend the rest my career wondering what it might have been like had I not accepted the opportunity.”
Edwards, who began her career at Mercy of Middletown as a freshman, was offered a scholarship Monday night by the UConn staff, barely a month after she became aware of its interest in her.
“And when the opportunity presented itself, I had to think about it out of consideration for my family,” Edwards said. “I knew I wanted to go. But it’s a major commitment, a challenge, which is what I want to have every day.
“But really, UConn was a no-brainer for me. It’s the perfect fit, an opportunity to win. And they put you in the position to be successful in life.”
Edwards said it was quite the night when Geno Auriemma showed up at Blair Academy [NJ] to see her play.
“When Coach Auriemma walked into the gym, it was clear he was there,” she said. “You could tell by the way the crowd reacted; heads were turning and you’re thinking, ‘well, Ok.’”
And that’s how it turned out for her.