FAIRBANKS, AK-One of our interior athletes will continue her basketball career after high school. Lathrop senior Erisha Talley signed a letter of intent to play for Howard College this afternoon in Lathrop's library surrounded by her team, family and friends.
This season Talley averaged 11 points, six rebounds, two steals, and four assists per game for Lathrop. Talley, along with fellow senior Jasmine White and standout freshmen Ruthie Hebard, led Lathrop to a fifth place finish in the ASAA state tournament.
The Howard College Hawks are a divison one junior college in Big Spring, Texas. Talley used to lived six hours away from Howard College. This past season Head Coach Eric Diddle and his team went 19-11 and 500 in conference play.
Talley has hopes of playing division one ball at Robert Morris and chose Howard over other division two schools and another top junior college in Hutchison because of coach Diddle. Talley feels he is a great coach and Diddle has strong ties to Robert Morris University which is right outside of Pittsburgh.
"You can see he's a coach that's down to earth. He's been working with girls all over for 12 years and then he's been a men's coach for 30 years so he's an experienced coach. And I feel like he'll be able to teach me more than what I expect to learn. I feel like he'll take me further than I want to go, " Talley said.
Talley parents were by her side as they have all season. Kamesha and Calvin Snead are proud of what their daughter has accomplished.
"Erisha is just so strong. She's a strong girl..and uh, she's been through a lot but I'm very very proud of her," Kamesha Snead said.
Calvin Snead believed Erisha had the potential to play on another level. Now it's up to Erisha to make the most of this opportunity.
"And the sky's the limit. She can go as high as she wants to go. If she works as hard as she did at this level at the next level then you'll see her name for a long time."
Talley's coach, David Stewart knew that this day would come for her.
""She was a leader on the floor for us here at Lathrop high school. You can't teach that. They have to bring that when they come along. We knew coming in that this kid wanted to play college ball and our job all along was to prepare her and have her ready to play college ball," Stewart stated.