SULPHUR — Anna Smith lost count of the miles the family traveled.
For the past five years, Kacie West played AAU basketball.
That journey — er, those journeys — culminated on Wednesday when West signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
“There’s no telling how many miles (we traveled),” Smith said. Referencing the university in South Bend, Indiana, “We’ve driven to Notre Dame and back for a camp in eighth grade. We’ve driven to Denver, flew to Denver, Nashville . . .”
At this point, Matt West stepped in.
“Atlanta, New Orleans, Kansas City, Dallas, of course.”
West’s path led to Sherman.
“It’s an honor to go play a college sport,” West said. “Not many people get to go do it. I’m just really excited because I spent five years of my life just trying to figure out where I want to go to college, the perfect school for me.”
On Jan. 23, West wrote on Twitter that she was excited/nervous for the decision she was about to make.
Acknowledging it pertained to basketball, she said she had 12 schools to choose from. “I didn’t know which one I wanted to go to. I just narrowed it down to five and eventually three. Now, I finally picked Austin College as the final one. Me and the coaches have a really good relationship and it’s not too big of a school. Three thousands students, maybe. It’s a liberal-arts school so I can get a good education.”
Smith expressed pride in her daughter.
“I’ve got two older kids and she’s the first one to go to college,” Smith said. “I’m very proud.”