Roller signs with Wayne State

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Roller will play basketball in college Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Purdy's Addy Roller, pictured in the front row at center, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., next fall. Roller plans to major in physical education and will play at the guard position for the Lady Wildcats. Also present for the signing were: Kim and Mike Roller, Addy's parents, who are pictured on either side of Addy. Pictured in the second row, from left, are: Purdy Assistant Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert-Cornelius and Purdy Athletic Director and girls basketball coach Grant Young.

Purdy senior Addy Roller, signed a national letter of intent Friday to play basketball at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.

"It's a dream come true," said Roller. "I knew I always wanted to continue playing basketball. It's my passion, and Wayne State gives me that opportunity."

The Lady Wildcats are currently ranked ninth in the USA Today/ESPN Division II basketball poll.

"Addy is one of the most talented athletes I have had the privilege to coach," said Purdy coach Grant Young. "She has spent countless hours working to improve her game and is a very coachable athlete. She leads by example, and we are really excited for her."

Roller continues the streak of outstanding athletes produced from the small school. She is the sixth Purdy athlete to sign a national letter of intent in the last 12 months, joining Brooke Swadley, Audrey Patton, Riley Veith, Cody Hall and Shelby White. Combined, these athletes have been awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.

In her first three years, as a Purdy Lady Eagle Roller has collected an impressive list of awards and accomplishments. She is a three-time All-Ozark Conference, All-District first team selection and was twice selected to the Class 2 All-State first team.

Roller has helped the Lady Eagles compile a 69-18 record over the last three seasons, including back-to-back Ozark 7 Conference titles and a Class 2 state title last season. Roller has scored 1,567 career points at Purdy. Through her first three seasons, she is averaging 18.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Roller also excels in the classroom. She is currently ranked first in her class at Purdy and carries a 4.42 GPA.

"I went for a two-day visit to Wayne during the summer and really enjoyed myself," said Roller. "The girls reminded me of my current teammates, and the coaching staff reminded me of Coach Young. I just felt like I belonged."

Addy is the daughter of Mike and Kim Roller, of Purdy.

Addy chose the Lady Wildcats over Southeast Missouri State University, Colorado and Stephen F. Austin University. She plans to major in physical education.

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