Kelsey Ansley the 6' 2" center from Marble Falls TX, was one of 4 young ladies to sign with the University of New Mexico Lobos today, the first day of the fall signing period. "This is the most exciting day of my life," exclaimed Kelsey. "All the hard work finally pays off and I can now play my senior year without so much pressure and focus on helping my team get to the state tournament.
Lobo fans should be very excited about Anlsley signing to play for UNM as she is one of the top players in the state of Texas. One article she was ranked has the 4th best player in the whole state and last year was All-Region last year by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association, and she was being recruited by many school including: TCU, Texas Tech, Colorado, Colorado State, and SMU, along with about 10 to 15 other schools.
I spoke with Ricky Romero founder of the Lubbock Lady Hawks Kelsey's AAU team about Kelsey and her abilities on the court. Romero said her rebounding was top notch, and her strength is out of this world. Down low she has good footwork and is a fabulous finisher in and around the hoop. Ansley is consistent from 15 to 17 feet, and she has been working daily on expanding that to the three point line. Ansley also works hard on her defense as she had five steals in her first game this season.
As far as things that Kelsey has to work on Romero said, she has to work on her foot speed up and getting down the court could get better. Furthering her range is something that they are working on so she can jump outside to the three point arc and hit from their as well to make her even more dangerous.
Romero says that Kelsey is a very "coachable" girl and he believes she will fit right into the Flanagan system. Romero ought to know as he has had six players in his various programs that have went on and played for Flanagan's Lobos including Lobo superstars Abbie Letz, Mandi Moore, and Mellissa Forest and the next one just might be Kelsey. Romero called Kelsey a "late bloomer," saying in the last two years she has turned in to a great player, and she understands the game very well.
We also discussed the reason for her decision to come to UNM. Romero said first and foremost, the Coaching staff. When Kelsey came out to a Lobo camp she really enjoyed herself and had nothing but great things to say about the staff and what they taught her during the camp. Second of course, the fan base. "How many places do you get to play in-front of 10,000 people a game?" said Kelsey. "I'm very excited to be a Lobo and to join such an exciting family... THE LADY LOBO'S! I can't wait to put on the Cherry and Silver and run down the tunnel to all of the fans of LOBO basketball..."
I would like to thank Ricky Romero of the Lubbock Lady Hawks for all the information on Kelsey Ansley, and The Red Menace wishes him and his teams the best of luck this season. The Red Menace would also like to wish Kelsey the best of luck this year and can hardly wait to see her come down The Pit ramp as well!