COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Princeton’s James heading to Wabash Valley
PRINCETON — Princeton Community High School senior basketball player Brooke James signed a national letter of intent Wednesday at PCHS, committing to play basketball at Wabash Valley College across the river in Mount Carmel.
“I went over (to WVC) and their team was really good,” James said. “They have a good team that is quick paced and I think I’ll fit in very well over there.”
James finished her high school career in a dominant senior season. James led the Tigers in scoring with 582 points. James also led the team in rebounds with 260, averaging 10 boards per game.
James also tallied 65 steals, 54 assists and averaged 22.4 points per game en route to a Big Eight All-Conference selection, an All-Gibson County team nod, an All-District 2 team selection and was named as an IBCA/Subway senior large school All-State selection.
“It was so much fun here (at PCHS),” James said. “I love my teammates and the coaching staff. This year was pretty crazy without Jackie and Rachel. It was a different perspective, but it was a very fun year.”
“Brooke has had a great high school career,” said WVC Lady Warriors head coach Luke Scheidecker. “She’s very talented and she fits into what we are trying to do as far as culture and basketball. I see her having a future after this. She’s a great girl that comes with great family. She wants to be good and get a good education and continue to play afterwards and that’s what we are trying to get, student-athletes like that.”
James scored 1,511 points in her career, good for third all-time in Gibson County behind PCHS teammate Jackie Young (3,268) and Wood Memorial’s Haley Harris (1,573).
“She ranks very high in the all-time records in Indiana,” said former Lady Tigers head coach Charlie Mair, who coached James in all four of her years at PCHS. “She was all-conference for three years, All-Toyota (Gibson County Teamwork Classic) Tournament for three years, a hall-of-fame classic player, all-state and she just had an outstanding career.”
One of the biggest highlights of James’ high school career was capturing an IHSAA Class 3A state championship in her sophomore (2015) season. Princeton defeated Tippecanoe Valley 72-44 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 7, 2015.
“That was a really fun year,” James said. “I wish we had another one, but we got knocked out early. But you have to enjoy it when you get it.”