Meade’s Imani Bailey was one of the area’s leading scorers last season. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Bailey made her initial pledge after visiting La Salle’s Philadelphia campus over Labor Day weekend. Within a few weeks, she realized she needed to explore her other options as well.

“I was a little overwhelmed [at La Salle],” Bailey said. “I had fun and just chose too quickly.”

Bailey — a third-team All-Met pick last season — decided on Howard shortly after making an official visit in late October because of the campus atmosphere and its strong nursing program and made it official during the early signing period. She also had offers from Towson, Georgia State and UNC-Greensboro.

Now Bailey, who averaged 21.4 points per game last season for the Anne Arundel champion Mustangs, can turn her attention to the court. She will play for Reggie Leach this season — Meade’s third coach in three seasons — after former coach Jon Mason left for a position with the Towson women’s basketball program.

Leach said he believes Bailey can be even better this year if she improves her ability to execute in the half-court set to match a transition game that is already one of the area’s most potent.

“It was like a weight lifted off me,” Bailey said of signing. “Now I can just relax and get ready for the season. It’s a happy feeling.”