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November 13, 2011

COLLEGE REPORT: North senior O’Leary signs with Loyola (Chicago)

Wabash Valley — Two standout senior basketball players were among several Wabash Valley athletes who made previous college sports commitments official this week, with others expected to make their commitments official soon.

Terre Haute North senior basketball player Matt O’Leary was one of four athletes to sign with Loyola (Chicago), joining Muncie Central forward Nick Osborne and Illinois guards Darell Combs of South Holland and Jeff White of Peoria Manual.

Murray State Head Women’s Basketball Coach Rob Cross announced the signing of two players to the 2012-13 team during the early signing period, as Kelsey Dirks of Robinson and Mississippi guard Erika Sisk signed National Letters of Intent to play with the Racers.

New Loyola coach Porter Moser, who previously was the head coach at Illinois State, is pleased with his first recruiting class at the school.

“Our staff has worked tirelessly to identify kids and recruit them,” Moser said. “We identified speed, shooting ability, mobility and toughness as our primary needs and we feel we addressed those initial needs with this first class.”

A 6-foot-7 forward, O’Leary contributed 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in 2010-11. O’Leary is an accomplished shooter who knocked down 40 percent (36 for 89) of his three-point field goal attempts last season and shot 50 percent (92 for 185) from the field overall to help his squad to an 18-8 overall record.

“Matt has tremendous range on his shot for someone who is 6-foot-8 but he is more than just a shooter,” Moser said. “He has worked very hard to develop a pull-up shot and on his dribble drive to the basket. Matt has a long arms and a frame that can allow for 15 more pounds. He plays in arguably the best conference in the state of Indiana where he is seeing top competition night in and night out. He comes from a culture where winning is paramount.”

Cross has added another Wabash Valley product to his program, as Dirks will join Rockville’s Beth Mahurin next season. Mahurin is a freshman.

“We are thrilled to be associated with the two young women that officially became Racers this week,” said Cross.  “First and foremost Erika and Kelsey are fantastic students and outstanding young ladies.  They will represent the Racers Family exceptionally well, both on and off of the court.  We expect Kelsey and Erika to have an immediate impact on our program the moment they arrive on campus.”

Dirks, a key starter for Robinson High School was an Illinois Basketball coaches Association Class 1A-2A pick in 2011.  During her junior season she averaged 18.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game for the Lady Maroons.  The 6-3 center was also an Associated Press Class 2A All-State pick in 2011.  A strong shooter, she has averaged over 55 percent from the field since her freshman campaign.

She also maintains a 4.0 GPA.

“Kelsey has a chance to become a terrific player at our level because of her unique combination of length, athletic ability and work ethic,” said Cross.  “She is a skilled post player, with the range to step out and knock down the three.  We are extremely excited about her ability to rebound the basketball and alter shots on the defensive end.  Her demeanor on the court is outstanding and she possesses all of the qualities we look for in a leader.”

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