The more Jennifer Trapp looked to find her college, the more she looked past her eventual choice.
Trapp, a 6-foot-1 senior at Lawrence High, found the answer in her hometown. She verbally committed today to play basketball at Kansas University.
"It's pretty exciting," Trapp said. "I wanted to find the right college. I pretty much found it right away."
Last year, Trapp averaged about 15 points and six rebounds a game for the Class 6A state champion Lions. She chose KU over Colorado and Southern Illinois.
"Really, it was the people there (at KU), the players and the coaches," Trapp said. "I got to meet everybody there, and I got along with all the players. Everything was here in my hometown, so I thought I might as well stay here. I wanted to stay close. I didn't want to go far away."
LHS BASKETBALL coach Gary Hammer said he was thrilled with Trapp's decision.
"I'm really happy," Hammer said. "That means myself and everybody else in town can watch her for four more years. And she can come watch us."
Hammer has watched enough of the Jayhawks that he's convinced Trapp, who was recruited as a forward, will fit in with the program. Trapp played center for LHS.
"KU got a real gem with her," Hammer said. "For being as tall and as strong as she is, she can run the floor as well as any big gal. She has a nice touch and a decent jump shot. KU likes to get up and down the floor. That's one thing Jennifer can do. I think she'll fit in fine."
Trapp also played on the LHS volleyball team, which on Saturday won the Class 6A state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Trapp said she never considered playing volleyball in college.
"A COUPLE of people asked me if I wanted to play volleyball," Trapp said. "I said from the start that I wanted to play basketball. I've always loved basketball. I like the down-to-the-wire stuff. I like the big games. Luckily I've been in a high school that has been pretty successful."
Last March, the Lions won their first state girls basketball title since 1984. In her three games at the state tournament, Trapp averaged 13.3 points, including 13 in Lawrence's 45-42 victory over Shawnee Mission South in the finals.
Trapp said she planned to sign a nation letter of intent with KU during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 11.