Ebony Rowe, a frontrunner for Kentucky Miss Basketball, decided this weekend that she will go to Middle Tennessee State.
The 6-foot-1 senior post player, who averaged 20.3 points and 15.9 rebounds last season for Paul Laurence Dunbar, chose Middle Tennessee over several Ivy League schools and a handful of in-state programs, including Western Kentucky.
"She went down there and fell in love with the coaches, players and the family atmosphere," said Nick Rowe, her father. "Ebony's really pumped up. She was trying to balance the academics and a really strong basketball program, and she's found that there."
Rowe plans to major in physics and eventually move on to an engineering program.
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Rowe, who also averaged 2.7 blocks and two steals a game last season, is the first Dunbar player to have 1,000-plus career points and rebounds.
Last season, the three-year starter had 13 games with 20 or more rebounds. She is the Bulldogs' career leader in rebounding and blocks.
Middle Tennessee State, coached by Rick Insell (father of Kentucky assistant coach Matt Insell), has been ranked as high as No. 8 by one pre-season magazine. The Blue Raiders also have been ranked No. 20 by Athlon Sports and No. 21 by Lindy's in their polls.
They have two other Kentuckians on their rosters. Chelsia Lymon of Scott County is a senior, and Emily Queen of Rose Hill Christian is a junior.
MTSU went 28-6 last season and won the Sun Belt Conference. The Raiders will host the Kentucky women on Dec. 28.