Over the past two weeks Madison junior forward Kelly Koshuta welcomes coaches from Virginia Tech, Boston College and James Madison to her home in a last dash to nab the second-team All-Met forward in the spring contact period, which lasts from March 1 to April 4.
Virginia Tech and Boston College presented the opportunity to play in the ACC and James Madison was the closest to home. Ultimately, Koshuta chose to orally commit to the Hokies, where both her parents and aunts completed their undergraduate degrees, late Tuesday night.
The Hokies were the first team to offer Koshuta after a freshman season in which she averaged a team-high 19.4 points per game before tearing her ACL in July 2012. And when she went down with the career-altering injury, Virginia Tech was the first school to contact her.
“Them reaching out to me reassured me that they still wanted me and that meant a lot,” Koshuta said. “That stuck with me when I decided to pick them as my school.”
Koshuta received over 20 offers from the likes of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Georgetown and George Mason among others, but the chance to continue the family tradition was one she couldn’t pass up.
The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 24.3 points per game this winter, which placed her third in the area, and she saved her best performance for the season finale. Matched up with repeat All-Met Stonewall Jackson forward Nicole Floyd in the Virginia 6A North semifinal, Koshuta scored a career-high 39 points on 16 made field goals.
After beginning the season with a knee brace in games, she grew more comfortable on the court and played the entire postseason without the brace. She takes that comfort level into her final summer of AAU basketball with the Fairfax Stars.
“I’m playing for fun with this decision behind me,” Koshuta said. “It’s going to be 10 times easier for me to play because I’m only playing to win. I don’t care about showing off for the colleges anymore.”
Koshuta is joining a Virginia Tech team that finished 14-16 this season and upset NCAA Elite 8 squad North Carolina in Chapel Hill in February. Two seasons ago, the Hokies won just seven games. She will also team with cat-quick class of 2015 Maury guard Chanette Hicks when she arrives on campus.
“Coach [Dennis] Wolff has had a very difficult job taking over a team that was struggling and made them better every single year,” Koshuta said. “With the girls he’s recruiting, we’re going to put the Hokies on top.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 6
Number of 30-point games Kelly Koshuta during a junior season that saw her earn Virginia Class 6A all-state honors and second team All-Met recognition. Koshuta also had a three-game stretch in early December in which she scored 99 points.
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Take a look a the photos from Bowie’s 14-4 defeat of C.H. Flowers in five innings to remain undefeated at 5-0.