Just a couple of years ago, Eliza Sillesky wasn't sure she wanted to play basketball anymore. After taking a year off, however, she realized she did.
Sillesky signed April 20 at Dawson County High School to play basketball for Hiawassee College in Madisonville, Tenn.
"I am glad she came back and decided to continue playing," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "Most of all I am proud of her."
Coaches and friends all echoed similar sentiment about Sillesky's work ethic and character, on and off the court.
Sillesky has played basketball since she was 8 years old. She followed the example of her role model and mother, Rhonda, who played basketball for Truett McConnell as well as Auburn at Montgomery.
"We feel like God has opened the door for her. We are thrilled that she can play at the next level," Rhonda Sillesky said.
"I have already looked at property, like I can afford it," she joked about keeping up with her daughter once she goes away. "So then I looked at tiny homes."
Sillesky took a year off during her junior year and then realized she wanted to come back.
"I am very glad she came back. I couldn't be more excited to hear the good news. When Eliza left us there was sort of a hole in the post program. I commend her on her work ethic. It takes a lot of effort, especially coming back as a senior. You are a great example of an academic scholar," said assistant basketball coach Tanya Porter.
Sillesky spent many hours training outside of regular practice time according to assistant coach Anne Hyams.
"She is just a quality individual, tremendous character, great teammate, class mate. She's an exceptional person on and off the court. Her drive, her work ethic has gotten her to this point," said Hyams.
As for her future endeavors, Sillesky is looking forward to studying computer science at Hiawassee.
"It's a really small Christian school. It's really beautiful," Sillesky said after she signed.