Girls Basketball: Muldrow’s Hannah Boyett commits to UAFS
Muldrow High senior basketball player Hannah Boyett has committed to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith she announced on Saturday.
Boyett, a 5-foot-8 guard, told head coach Tari Cummings of her decision while at dinner at TGI Friday's along with the rest of the UAFS coaching staff and her mom Janine.
“I didn't go over there thinking I would commit,” Boyett said. “I just went over there to have a good time and I go over there and I went up to coach (Cummings) and I said 'Can I play for you?' She said 'Oh my god' and starts flipping out. I was like 'Oh my goodness.'”
Boyett was weighing offers from Northeastern, USAO and Missouri S&T before deciding upon UAFS.
At UAFS, a Division II school, Boyett will receive a full scholarship.
The recruiting process was easy but making a decision was a stressful one for Boyett.
“I've been waiting for a long time to commit and just that right feeling,” Boyett said. “It feels good because now I don't have to stress anymore. I was waiting on that right time and prayed hard about it. Talked to my family and they wanted me to go where ever I felt and didn't care if it was far away. Distance didn't matter to me it was the fit. Credit to all the colleges that offered me.”
Boyett will officially sign her National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day on Nov. 14.
Playing basketball in college is something she always thought she would do.
“I always thought I would play college basketball,” Boyett said. “Everywhere I went I carried a basketball growing up. A basketball is always in my room, in the living room and I always wanted to play in college.”
Last season as a junior Boyett averaged 12 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game for a Lady Bulldogs team that made it to Class 4A State semifinals and won 26 games last season.
Long time Lady Bulldogs coach Jana Armer could not be more proud for her senior guard.
“We're super excited for Hannah,” Armer said. “UAFS is a great school, Coach Cummings coming back where she went to school is a fantastic thing. We're excited that Hannah will stay close enough that we can continue to watch her and follow her.”
At UAFS Boyett plans to major in Kinesiology.
Distance from didn't play a factor in her decision to choose UAFS but being so close to home has it's privileges.
“I can still make family dinners,” Boyett said. “At UAFS I'll go over there and have privacy and if I need to come home, I can come home.”
Following minor hand surgery to her right shooting hand last month, Boyett hasn't been able to fully practice yet with the rest of her teammates.
Boyett is optimistic that she'll get cleared and be able to participate in full practices by the end of the month.
With her future set, Boyett can go about her senior year worry free.
“I have no pressure now,” she said. “I'm worry and stress free. I'm excited to be with my team. I can't use my hand right now so I might as well run. I dread running but I have to get in shape.
“I am looking forward to having an extremely good year, our goal is to raise that gold ball. The group we have is a really special group.”
Since she hasn't been able to participate in full contact drills, Boyett has up her cardio level at practice.
Boyett can’t do everything that her teammates are doing at practice but she still puts in the effort in other ways.
Putting in the extra work is something Boyett takes great pride in because she's not the tallest, strongest, or the biggest girl when she steps on the court.
Combine that with her will to win UAFS landed themselves quite the player.
“They will be getting the type of player that loves to compete and hates to lose,” Armer said. “She does not like to lose at anything and takes those types of things personal. If she loses she gets in the gym more and any college coach wants that. She hates to lose more than she loves to win and that's Hannah. She hates to lose.”