The fact that she is a junior didn't matter to Exeter's Whitney Edie; she was ready to make a decision now. The Lady Tigers' basketball standout committed to Missouri State University early last month, making her the Lady Bears' second recruit from the 2009 class.
Missouri State thought enough of Edie after seeing her play this summer that the coaching staff offered her a scholarship before any other schools did. Edie was also receiving interest from Mizzou, Arkansas State and Southern Illinois University.
So what are the Lady Bears getting when Whitney Edie joins the program?
"A versatile athlete; she can play any of the five positions and has unlimited potential," said Head Coach Jason Cole.
Cole sees Edie transitioning into a small forward role in the college game and sees her basketball career going as far as she wants to take it.
Currently, Edie is scoring an average of 28 points and grabbing an average of 14 rebounds per contest for her team, which is out to a 10-2 start.
She was an All-State second team selection both her freshmen and sophomore years. She also was the Barry County and Ozark 7 Conference player of the year last season and continues to garner awards as her high school career continues.
When making her decision, Edie said she appreciates Missouri State's coaches.
"I really like the coaching staff and all the players," said Edie. "It's also close to home."
Edie's verbal commitment is not binding until she officially signs with the school next year. Until that time schools can still work on the Exeter junior.
"Yeah they're still letterin' me," said Edie, who is the daugther of Rick and Donna Edie, of Exeter. "But it's too late."