ASHWAUBENON - On Monday, Oconto's Laken James returned from Las Vegas where she was playing in an AAU basketball tournament and before the day ended on Tuesday, James had secured a scholarship to play college basketball.
James, a 5-foot-9 guard, was offered and accepted a scholarship offer from Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth.
James tweeted, "Hard work pays off, I can proudly say I am going to be a Green Bay Phoenix next year!"
James averaged 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season while leading the Blue Devils to a 21-5 record and a sectional semifinal appearance where they were eliminated from the postseason by eventual Division 4 state champ Algoma.
James, who had multiple scholarship offers, said playing at Green Bay was always her goal.
"It's been my dream to play there since I was little," James said.
James had offers from North Dakota state, University of North Dakota, Oakland, Youngstown State, St. Francis, Sioux Falls and Merryville.
James is the second senior-to-be from the area to commit to the Phoenix, as Notre Dame's Allie LeClaire has also committed to Green Bay. Also, two other in-state players have committed to Green Bay in Superior's Jessica Lindstrom and Black Hawk's Jen Wellnitz.
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