One of the top senior prospects in the state is off the recruiting board, and not at a college program that you would expect for her level of talent. Liberty High School's ultra-talented 6-foot senior forward Courtney Christmas is one of the state's elite performers and top overall statistical producers on the basketball court throughout her high school career. While it was thought that Christmas would land at a division-I program, as a result of her athletic talents, she has instead chosen to sign early with a local NAIA college program.
I had not followed up with Christmas on her recruitment lately, and I learned recently that Christmas chose to sign this fall with Arizona Christian University, rather than wait for the lure to a division-I college program in the spring.
"She chose to go to a school that she felt she would have the best career at," said Liberty HS head coach Alicia Sanchez.
Christmas has consistently produced tremendous numbers in her high school career, so it comes as a shock that this young lady did not receive much higher college recruitment - a big-time get for the Arizona Christian women's basketball program.
Christmas has led her Liberty HS team to one of the state's best records this season, as her team is currently 16-2 on the season. Christmas has done more than her part this season - averaging a team-leading 19.3 points, 7 rebounds and 4.3 steals per/game.
Congratulations to Christmas and her family on an excellent high school career, and on making her college decision.