A heavily recruited basketball player from Exeter made her college choice public last Friday.
Destani Stensrud, a Lady Tiger senior, signed a letter of intent to join the William Woods University Lady Owls next season. The signing ceremony was held at Exeter High School with Destani's family in attendance as well as her new college coach, Dan Chapla, and high school coach, Jason Cole.
"I saw Destani play at a recruiting fair when she was a junior and really liked how she played," said Coach Chapla. "I saw her again at the same place this past October and started talking to her then.
"I am really excited she chose us," said Coach Chapla. "She had several schools pursuing her."
Chapla describes Destani as a scoring point guard who also sees the floor really well.
"Destani will not be asked to do as much at the college level as she does for her high school team, but I think by the time she is a junior she can be really good," said Coach Chapla when discussing her prospects as a college player.
Destani has been a huge part of the Exeter Lady Tiger basketball team's success over the past four seasons. Starting as a freshman, Destani made an immediate impact with her quickness, ability to play defense and strong shooting capabilities.
As a result of her performance on the hardwood, Destani has earned a host of awards. As a freshman, Destani earned All-Ozark 7 Conference honorable mention recognition. In her sophomore season, the Lady Tigers won the Class 1 state championship and Destani garnered second team All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors as well as being named to the Joplin Globe's All-Area third team. Last winter, Destani captured All-Conference, All-District and All-State first team honors and was named to the Associated Press All-State second team.
"Destani has been a key contributor in the success of the Lady Tiger program the last four years," said Coach Cole. "Destani has been a pleasure to coach, and I wish her the best at the next level."
William Woods University is located in Fulton. The Lady Owls compete in the American Midwest Conference. The team is currently ranked 22nd in the nation in NAIA Division 1 with a 23-2 season record.