Gillette, Wyo.--Head Coach Will Rider of the Gillette College Pronghorns womens basketball team is taking advantage of high school talent in Wyoming again. Kallee Wilson of Rocky Mountain High School in Cowley has signed to play for the Pronghorns this fall.
Wilson averaged 12.9 points and 9.7 boards a game during her senior season. She also made 47 percent of her shots from the field. She was outstanding in the classroom as well. She was one of the valedictorians of her 25-member class with a 4.0 GPA.
Kallee wanted to take advantage of the Hathaway Scholarship Program. The Hathaway is given to qualified students in Wyoming who want to pursue college in the state of Wyoming. She sent out feelers to Gillette College, as well as others in the state.
The current players that are returning for the Pronghorns next year helped seal the deal for Wilson.
“When I came over... the girls are just so, like, welcoming. They made me feel like I was wanted there,” Wilson stated.
Kallee wants to improve on her three-point shooting and ball handling. She also likes the idea of being able to drive to the basket more.
Coach Rider plans on using Kallee at the small forward position this upcoming season.
Rider said, “We are getting a very complete player in Kallee Wilson. She is athletic, skilled, intelligent, and a blue collar kid who will work hard to improve herself and our team. I am very excited about her decision to join the Pronghorn program next Fall. We expect her to make and immediate contribution to the success of the team.”
Kallee wants to be a physical therapist and will take advantage of the college's pre-physical therapy program.
Cowley is about a three and a half hour drive west of Gillette. Wilson said she had been to Gillette once before coming for her college visit.
“I'm excited [about attending Gillette College] because it's far enough away from home that I don't feel like I'm staying too close. Like, it's going to make me grow up a little bit, but it's not too far.”
She may be one of the valedictorians from Rocky Mountain High School, but is coming into her college career knowing it will be harder.
“The classes are going to be smaller. So I am going to be able to get one-on-one help and keep my grades up because college is way different than high school.”
With the knowledge of that challenge in the classroom and ready to take it head on, Pronghorn fans could expect to see that same effort and determination on the court as well.