Siegel star chooses Middle

Over the course of the Summer, many top basketball players have been showcasing their talents at various events around the South. Undoubtedly, a lot of college coaches were interested in scouting players at these events. Middle Tennessee's Rick Insell was no exception, but as it turns out, he never had to leave the city of Murfreesboro to find a shining star for his next recruiting class.

Shanice Cason Profile

"It's amazing to say that I will be a Lady Raider," says a jubilant Shanice Cason during a telephone interview with BRZ. "I knew that's where I wanted to go. Why wait and hold out and keep talking to colleges when you know that's where you want to go?"

Cason is firm in her commitment to Middle Tennessee, and there are numerous reasons for her to be. First of all, she's able to join a Rick Insell program that has gone 125-39 with four NCAA Tournament appearances in the past five seasons. As if that weren't enough, Middle appeals to her in the classroom and on the court, too.

"They have my major [Sports Marketing] and the coaches just welcomed me with open arms," Cason says when asked what made her decide Middle Tennessee was the place for her. "The players are wonderful, too. I know half of them and I'm going to be with them for four years, so that's important."

The fact that campus is only a few minutes away from her house doesn't hurt either.

"That's major. It's home. I'm a hometown girl playing for my home state. It's right down the road, so my parents and family members can come watch me play. That was a big part of it."

As far as the game itself, Cason says that she likes the high-paced offense that Coach Insell has become known for.

"It's not slow the ball down, it's we're gonna get after it and work hard," she says of Middle's style of play. "I believe in working hard and that's something I love to do and have a passion for and that's exactly what the coaches expect out of me."

Obviously, choosing a school is a big decision for any future Division I athlete, but it seems that Cason had an easier time than most. Not only was there a perennial powerhouse in her hometown that offered her major, but she also seemed to have an open line of communication with the coaching staff. In addition to Coach Insell, Cason has also spoken to two of the newest Lady Raider staff members during the process: Alex Fuller and Lynn Burkey. She said that she hasn't had an opportunity to speak to Kim Clark yet, but that she plans on it soon.

"I really like Coach Insell and I like how he coaches," she says. "He's a great guy and the whole staff is wonderful."

Stay tuned to for more on Shanice and the rest of the Lady Raiders as the season rolls on!

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