SYDNEY COLSON, PG, 5'8, HOUSTON (WESTSIDE HS), TEXAS:
Sydney Colson is a rising star in women's hoops, and the senior-to-be is regarded as one of the top point guard prospects in the country. Colson broke into the starting line-up at Westside as a freshman and hse has been running the team every since.
"When I came in I was nervous and stuff because we had a bunch of seniors and juniors. I didn't want to mess up," said Colson. "We had some good talent and they trusted me with the ball, and that helped me develop. Having good players on the floor makes it easier for a young player to break into the line-up, because they can cover for your mistakes. Now that I am experienced, it has really helped me. I know the girls that I am playing against in our district, and I know what to expect. I am just playing and letting my natural ability take over."
Colson averaged 16 points and five assists last season. This summer she is averaging 20 points, nine assists and three steals playing for the Houston Insiders. She also plays for the West Coast Elite along with the Gilbreath sisters. Colson runs the point with the Gilbreath sisters in the wings. And that is also the same team where the Paris Twins and Abi Olajuwon worked on their skills.
Colson, who has been offered by 30 schools up to this point, says three schools stand out.
"I like LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M," Colson said. "They are my top three schools right now. I don't have a favorite right now, I am still working on my decision. I like Oklahoma, but I haven't been up there yet. I have had a chance to watch them on TV and stuff and I have talked to Coach Coale. They have Courtney Paris and she is incredible. They have a good program. I am going to one of their camps and it may be the team camp."
What are Colson's thoughts on LSU and Texas A&M?
"I haven't been to LSU either," said Colson. "I have talked to their coaches and I am going up there for a one-day camp. I have been to Texas A&M and I am going back to soon to their one-day camp."
Colson has been able to narrow her choices down to three, so what will be the deciding factors in her decision?
"I will have to talk to coaches for a while and get to know them," said Colson. "I need to be close to the coaches. From what I have seen about Coach Coale on TV and everything, she seems real nice. My family and how they feel about it will be very important to me. I want to major in sports medicine or communications, and I want to enroll in an academic program that is strong in those two areas.
"I will also look at the roster," Colson continued. "If they have other points guards, but they are a different style player than me then it won't matter. Plus, how many point guards do they have that are in my grade? I mean, if they have point guards that are going to be gone the year I come in or after a year, then it doesn't matter."
Colson just finished taking the ACT and her GPA is very good.
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