Va. center commits to Herd women
HUNTINGTON -- As Marshall University coach Matt Daniel landed in Dallas this week for the Conference USA Tipoff, another player was making her commitment to join the Thundering Herd women's team.
Chelsey Romero, a 6-foot-2 center, verbally committed to join the Herd as a Class of 2013 prospect, according to the Daily Press, a newspaper in Newport News, Va.
"Overall, the coaching staff was very nice and sincere," Romero said in the report. "I don't know, something in the back of my mind was telling me this was my school."
The announcement is huge for Kecoughtan, Romero's high school.
She is the school's first NCAA Division I commitment since Tajama Abraham committed to George Washington in 1992, according to athletic director Lee Martin.
Romero plans to make the signing official in the early signing period, which begins Nov. 14.
"She's one of those kids who worked herself into being a Division I basketball player," Kecoughtan coach Kevin Williams said. "It was a long journey for her, but she accepted the challenge to get better."
At Marshall, Romero will be able to reunite with someone who, in addition to Williams, helped bring her game to the Division I caliber.
Marshall assistant coach Tamisha Augustin is originally from the Hampton Roads area and coached Romero in AAU basketball. Augustin is from Bethel, which is also located in the area.
"It's always good to have somebody there who cares about you and will have your back," Romero said of Augustin. "I'll have that there."
The 6-2 Romero averaged 11.7 points per game last season.
She chose Marshall over James Madison, Delaware, Hofstra and Old Dominion.