McALESTER — Murray State College sophomore LaShanda Green has signed on to play college basketball at the next level.
The former Lady Buff has signed to play with the University of Texas-Arlington. She heads to play for Krista Gerlich and the Mavericks in the fall.
Green, the daughter of Terry and Sherry Green of McAlester, graduated from McAlester High School. Texas-Arlington is an NCAA Division I school, making the Green the first Lady Buff to play for a Division I school since Jaci Bigham played for Oral Roberts University from 2009-13.
Green will graduate from MSC in May with an associate of science. Her future plans are to pursue a master of science in kinesiology.
Green said she feels UT-Arlington is a good fit.
“I chose to play at UTA because after visiting the campus, the team, and the coaching staff and looking more into the campus, that school just seemed to stand out to me more than any of the others,” Green said. “I could just see myself being there and really enjoying it. Also, the coaching staff was a big thing for me. I love all of the coaches there.”
MSC head women’s basketball coach Phil Daniel said Texas-Arlington will be looking for Green to start playing right away.
“I think she’ll probably start right off the bat if she’s healthy,” Daniel said. “I think that’s what they are expecting, for her to be an impact player right off the bat.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less of her. She’s just that kind of player.”
In 2010, Green was a part of the McAlester girls’ basketball state championship team and was awarded MVP of the state tournament. In 2012, she was a part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association, Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association, and Oklahoma Indian all-state teams, and she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.