In the past two weeks, Jacy Sheldon began talking with her father, Duane, more seriously about her recruitment process.
Recently, she decided there was no longer a reason to wait to make a decision.
The Dublin Coffman junior guard announced her decision to commit to Ohio State women’s basketball late Sunday night, making her the school’s first commitment for 2019.
“It’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to be a Buckeye and now that I am one it’s a great feeling,” Sheldon said Monday afternoon. “It definitely helps (to have the decision made), but either way it would have been a good season for us (at Coffman). This way, I’m definitely so excited for the season.”
The Shamrocks, who won an OCC Central title and tied a school record with 25 wins last season, kick off their 2017-18 season Friday against Toledo Notre Dame Academy.
Sheldon said she has been to Ohio State’s campus a few times and was impressed with the coaching staff. Also in the mix during Sheldon’s recruitment were Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Vanderbilt and Dayton.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to play for them. It’s definitely amazing,” she said. “The program’s awesome and Coach (Kevin) McGuff’s a great coach. It’ll be really cool to be able to play for them.”
As a sophomore, Sheldon averaged 23.1 points, 6.6 assists and 5.3 steals while shooting 58.3 percent. The 5-8 guard hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Pickerington Central in a regional semifinal game last season. She was a 2016-17 Associated Press Division I first-team all-Ohio selection.
The standout volleyball and basketball player, who can play either guard position, said she spent much of the offseason working on her off the dribble game, ball-handling and shooting.
“I think all around I kind of worked on my game,” she said. “We have a good team and it should be a fun year, so I’m excited for it.”
The recruitment process can often be stressful for high school basketball players. Sheldon’s proved slightly different. Duane Sheldon, who is also the athletic director at Dublin Coffman, said his daughter put serious thought into her decision but wasn’t burdened by it.
“This is where she wants to be and they’d like her to be there and she wanted to be a Buckeye,” he said. “I don’t think she ever had that stress on her to make that decision which I think is good because she made that decision with a clear mind and it came from her heart.”