Hersey's Eidle commits to Michigan

  • Hersey's Katy Eidle (5) takes a shot under pressure against Buffalo Grove in 2020. Eidle committed to Michigan recently.

    Hersey's Katy Eidle (5) takes a shot under pressure against Buffalo Grove in 2020. Eidle committed to Michigan recently. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Katy Eidle

    Katy Eidle

 
By Bobby Narang
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/27/2021 7:48 PM

Hersey junior guard Katy Eidle has a habit at setting a fast development pace throughout her high school career.

As a freshman, she burst onto the scene to be one of the top players in the Mid-Suburban League.

 

In her shortened sophomore season, Eidle established herself as one of the elite players in the state.

Now, just a little over a month until the start of the season, Eidle has added another milestone in her decorated career: she committed to attend Michigan on Friday.

"Michigan was the best fit for me, athletically and academically," Eidle said. "Michigan had everything I was looking for. I got along with the coaches an players. I'm definitely relieved now. I've been doing this (recruiting) since eighth grade. I'm finally glad it's over. I'm set on one school, so it's a big relief."

The 5-11 Eidle, who averaged 20.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in her sophomore season, said she chose Michigan over Iowa. Her final five also included Boston College, Nebraska and Arizona State.

Eidle said her football gameday visit on Sept. 11 finalized her decision to attend Michigan.

"They talk about the Michigan difference, and I saw that when I was there," Eidle said. "The people and the community are special. Everything was amazing. It was the perfect day."

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Hersey veteran coach Mary Fendley said Eidle's hard work led to her early commitment.

"I think Katy's success will continue well into college," Fendley said. "She excels in every aspect of the game. I think college coaches recognized this which is why she was so sought after."

Fendley, a member of the Illinois High School Association Coaches Hall of Fame, said she believes Eidle is the first player during her long tenure at Hersey to pick up an offer from a Big Ten School, let alone commit. Eidle had 26 offers.

"I think her teammates and coaches are thrilled for her," Fendley said. "We all know how much time and the huge commitment she made to earn this. We're proud to have such a quality kid represent our program, school and community."

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