2014 Guard Blair Schaefer

2014 Starkville High School guard Blair Schaefer, one of the top players in the state of Mississippi, talks about her commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Blair Schaefer
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Starkville (MS) High School
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Colleges of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

  • It didn't take Blair long to make her college choice after her dad, Vic Schaefer, took over the reins of the Mississippi State women's basketball program in March of 2012. A few months later she committed to Mississippi State. But it wasn't just the fact that her dad was the head coach at Mississippi State that caused her to commit.

    "I committed during the football season," said Blair. "(Having my dad coaching at Mississippi State) was a bonus, but my family is here. Other schools could offer good things but I didn't want to go away from my family."

    Part of what she considers her family is the other Mississippi State coaches.

    "It's not just my dad but it's also (Mississippi State assistant coach) Aqua (Franklin); she's like my older sister," said Blair. "I've watched her grow up while playing for my dad. And I wanted her to coach me. (Mississippi State assistant coach) Johnnie (Harris) is like my second mom. And (Mississippi State Director of Basketball Operations) Maryann (Baker), who also played for my dad, is like my other sister. I didn't want to go away from that."

    Now it's Blair's turn to grow up while playing for her dad. She knows, due to her dad's intense desire to excel, it will require a lot of hard work on her part. And it will likely be even tougher on her due to being his daughter. But she relishes the challenge.

    "When I step on the court it is totally different because part of me sees him as still my dad but he's still my coach and he will be harder on me than anyone else," said Blair. "Whether it is at a camp or at my high school game he's always a real hard coach, saying things like 'what's pressure when you have done it your entire life.' But I like that."

    Because of Vic's passion and intensity for the game and his successful history, helping win a national championship at Texas A&M, Blair knows what is about to happen with the Mississippi State women's basketball program. That was another reason she ultimately chose Mississippi State.

    "Not many people know what is coming (to Mississippi State women's basketball) but we are going to be good in two years," she said. "(The basketball program) is going to change completely because (the coaches) know how to get good players. And I want to be a part of that."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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