GAUTIER -- Gautier High senior Alexis Holloway signed a basketball scholarship with Alcorn State University on Friday.
The 5-foot-10 point guard was averaging almost 21 points a game until tearing the ACL in her right knee last December, ending her season.
Despite the injury, Alcorn continued to recruit Holloway, who averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 3 assists and 3 steals as a junior.
"The Alcorn State people always still talked to me and showed an interest in me playing there," Holloway said. "I love the campus up there. There's not much of a teacher/student ratio, but I like that. The coaches communicate well, the teammates are nice and everybody helps you out."
Gautier coach Fred Williams gave most of the credit to Holloway's parents.
"She didn't play a full season, so it's a great testament to her and her parents," Williams said. "They put her through a lot of AAU basketball so she was seen before the injury. Her parents really took a big step and spearheaded getting her scholarship, being diligent with schools. Alexis herself contacted schools. It's really special when she took her own future into her own hands and went after what she wanted."
Holloway's father, James Holloway, put strong emphasis on academics. With a 3.6 GPA, she's already qualified to play for the Lady Braves as a true freshman. She also wants to become a neurosurgeon.
"One of main things was she had good academic grades," James said. "I told her, academics were more important than sports, so that opened up doors for her," James Holloway said. "Because of her talent level, she had proven that she was a good player, a team player."
Holloway, who played volleyball and track at Gautier, believes Alcorn is suited for her talents.
"I'm more of an attacking player," Holloway said. "I used to love to shoot, but attacking is more of my thing because I'm fast off the dribble. I'm not selfish. I pass a lot, more than I shoot."
Said Williams: "Alexis is extremely athletic and Alcorn State is a running style team. She can run, handle the ball and can shoot in transition. She'll fit in well."