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Principia College offers five Highland Lakes hoops players

Five Highland Lakes girls basketball players received offers from Principia College located at Elsah, Illinois.

The players are Burnet junior forward MaeSyn Gay and Marble Falls junior center Lexie Edwards, forward Emma Koziel and guards Alyssa Berkman and Tea Rodriguez. All three are seniors.

All five play select basketball for Next Level Sports, based in Burnet.

“It’s kind of stunning that one college has so much interest and likes your players,” Next Level head coach Sonny Wilson said. “When we were in Kentucky, every time we played, that school never left our court. The way we played and how we played sparked more interest in us from others to come and watch.”

Principia College is an NCAA Division III school, which means it doesn’t offer athletic scholarships; students are given academic scholarships and scholarships to pay for specific costs such as room and board.

Wilson noted other Next Level players are on the verge of receiving offers.

“A few of our other girls are going to get offered or they’re going to get a huge interest letter,” he said. “Interest means they’re looking at you and you’re very high on their radar and are very close to getting an offer. We have a bunch (of coaches) who are messaging me wanting to talk. It’s awesome.”

Rodriguez also has offers from Odessa College, Southwestern University and Murray State College at Tishomingo, Okla., and has received interest from Texas A&M at Commerce.

“She’s tearing it up right now,” Wilson said. “Tea is that good, she’s got it. Her game is special. She does it all. She plays with a chip on her shoulder, and she’s a blessing to be around. She works hard and cares about her game. Her personal trainer, Malcolm Canada, has done wonders with her. She’s a rare breed, she’s getting after it.”

While the five were thrilled to receive their offers, Wilson pointed out they aren’t resting on their laurels. Rodriguez, Edwards and Gay will be attending basketball camps and playing in tournaments for the next few weeks.

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