McKinney High School basketball player Mariah Mitchell finalized her decision to sign with the University of Arkansas Friday, becoming the first girls basketball player from MHS to sign with a Southeastern Conference team.
Mitchell called her signing with the Razorbacks a “blessing,” and said she can’t wait to get on campus to make an impact during her freshman year.
Girls basketball head coach Debbie Harris said Mitchell’s signing is a “huge accomplishment” for both Mitchell and MHS.
Harris remembers seeing Mitchell as a freshman and telling her mother, “I think she’ll be pretty good.”
And other schools shared that sentiment, with Mitchell saying Texas Tech, Tulane and Colorado showed interest in having her join their campuses.
She said she knows Mitchell can become an even better basketball player than she already is, noting that she will be pushed mentally and physically like she never has been before.
Baker will be heading sign with the University of Texas, Vassar will be joining University of Texas-Arlington and Ganaway will be heading to New York to attend Columbia University.
Head baseball coach Jeremy Price said he’s had the pleasure of watching Baker, Vassar and Ganaway the last three years, and is assured the trio will find success not only on the field, but off the field as well.
“Baseball will take care of itself,” Price said.
Baker said he will be attending his “dream school” by heading to Austin, saying he is excited to start his college career and join a UT baseball team that already boasts the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.
“It’s going to be great,” Baker said about heading on campus in Austin in the fall.
Baker, who can play short stop, second base and third base, said he is leaning toward second base, but said the coaches at Texas like his ability to be able to play all over the infield.
He said Texas Christian University and Baylor showed interest, but UT was the first school to show interest.
Gannaway said his decision to attend Columbia University was due to his desire to go to a great academic institution, which also gives him the chance to play college baseball in the shadow of New York City.
Gannaway, a tall right-handed pitcher, said he plans on studying Political Science or Business at Columbia. Along with Columbia Ganaway said Stanford showed some interest.
He said he enjoyed the atmosphere on the club, adding Columbia has a winning tradition, taking claim to the Ivy League Championship last season.
Vassar said he is excited about the opportunity to join the Mavericks in Arlington, saying he enjoyed the feel of the program and the coaches and hopes to make an impact on the mound. He joins the club as a right-handed pitcher.
Vassar said he enjoyed his trip last year, adding the coaches did a good job selling the program and the school has a “great medical school.”