Jamie Kissinger's family wasn't surprised when she announced her college decision.
They thought all along the Minden guard would choose San Diego.
“I just wanted a good balance to basketball and academics,” Kissinger said. “It just seemed like the balance was there. The coaches were great and the girls were awesome.”
Former Lincoln Northeast and Nebraska player Ashley Ford is an assistant at San Diego and recruited Kissinger, who will be a senior this fall. Knowing that a former Nebraska girl could find happiness on the West Coast also played a factor in Kissinger's decision.
She visited San Diego in May and said she spent the time since deciding between San Diego and Princeton, her top two choices. Kissinger, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, talked the decision over with her parents and weighed the pros and cons.
Her club coach, Dan Lesoing of the Cornhusker Shooting Stars, said she also drew interest from Denver, Wyoming and Quinnipiac, among others. She averaged 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds last winter for the Whippets, and was a Class C-1 second-team selection.
Kissinger said she just kept stuffing her recruiting letters in a folder.
“It just took me time to think about what I needed in a school,” she said.
Kissinger said it wasn't a problem that she'll be separated from her twin sister, Brooke, who has decided to play for Illinois. They can use social media to stay connected, she said.
Coaches at San Diego were excited when she told them her decision Monday. Kissinger said it was a big relief.
“Now I can go out and play basketball the way I want to and have fun with it,” she said.
The Shooting Stars next travel to Cincinnati for the USJN Premier Invitational starting July 6.