BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - 2017 Class B State Tournament MVP Hanna Strawn made her college decision official on Thursday, signing her letter of intent to continue her basketball career at division-one Monmouth. Strawn helped lead Seton Catholic to a State Championship and Federation Title last season.
As a junior Strawn earned second-team all-state honors among many other accolades. The odds of a five-foot-two, maybe five-foot-three, point guard from the Southern Tier going division-one, not great but Strawn never cared.
"A lot of people saying 'you're too short, you can't do this, you can't do that,' and just the testament of working hard," said Seton Catholic senior Hanna Strawn. "It's not how big you are, it's how big you play. I play by that and I believe in that, so I've definitely worked really hard for this moment and I just couldn't be happier."
"I always call her the captain of my ship," said Seton Catholic head coach Colleen Jayne. "Basically she drives everything and she's a great leader and she's unbelievable with the younger kids. Hopefully they are learning from her to be the next captain."
Strawn on choosing Monmouth:
"Coming from Seton, coming from BNY, both teams have in common that it's just a family and when I went to Monmouth I truly felt that feeling," said Strawn. "The coaches are amazing. Having King (Rice) there to be a leader and guide me is amazing. It just really is the best place for me to start my new journey."
King Rice is a Binghamton native and Monmouth's head men's basketball coach. Strawn told 12 Sports the hometown connection between her and Rice will make the transition from the Southern Tier to West Long Branch, New Jersey a little bit easier.