The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team picked up its third verbal commitment in the 2015 class Tuesday, landing point guard Sidnee Bopp out of Marmaduke (Ark.) High School.
Bopp confirmed her commitment to the Daily News. The 5-foot-6-inch guard was offered by WKU on Saturday night, according to her high school coach, Rick Smith.
Bopp also had some interest from Tennessee-Martin and Arkansas State, Smith said.
“I really think they recruited her a little more aggressive than everybody else,” he said of WKU. “They showed a lot of interest and came to a lot of games. When she visited, she really liked the campus and the facilities.”
Players can only play senior-level hoops from their sophomore year up in the area, Smith said, so Bopp came off the bench as a sophomore on a loaded team that finished 38-4 and reached the state finals.
As a junior, she averaged 14.6 points, 5.2 steals and 4.9 assists in a little more than 20 minutes per game. That squad had eight players lead the team in scoring and finished 40-3, giving the program more wins over the last two years (78) than any boys’ or girls’ team in Arkansas, according to Smith.
Bopp plays her AAU ball for the Arkansas Hoopsters.
“Tremendous shooter, tremendous work ethic,” Smith said of Bopp. “She’s at the gym, 6 or 6:30 every morning before school working out. She works out with our young kids and our elementary kids with skill work. She’s going to be a tremendous leader next year as a senior.”
Bopp is joined in WKU’s 2015 class by fellow verbal pledges Kayla Smith, a 5-11 shooting guard from Georgia, and Morgan Tipton, a 6-foot wing player from Alabama.
The players’ first chance to officially sign with the Lady Tops will be during the November early signing period.