“I guess there’s some risk but I knew that after being there and meeting the people there that I was not going to find a place better than that so why wait?”
That "there" for Kelly Petro is the University of Delaware, where Pascack Valley's junior Guard just committed to five days ago. After capping off a solid 55-24 win over Northern Highlands last week, Petro, who finished that game with a solid 7 points and another victory for the Valley, made the announcement to her teammates, who were extremely excited for Kelly.
“[My teammates] are all awesome and I told them after the game [Thursday] and they were so happy for me. I love being surrounded by them and it was cool seeing them all be there for me.”
Now while this decision may seem early, Petro had already received interest from other schools and this was not at all a spur of the moment decision.
"I was between a couple of different schools but I think UDel is probably the best fit for me and I’m really excited about that. I was also considering West Point and Columbia."
Petro described her experience being recruited by UDel as the best one for her and shared some inside detail about what they did to convince her to share her talents with the Blue Hens in two years.
“They saw me play in a tournament last spring and then they had contacted me a little bit and then I spoke to Jasper about it and he knows the coach well and then it took off from there. Then I visited it a few times, and I loved it there."
"I got to watch the team practice which was awesome and I got to hang out with them a little bit and meet not only the coaching staff but meet the players that will be juniors and seniors when I’m a freshman, which
Of course, Petro has verbally committed to being a STUDENT-athlete, and she plans to uphold both ends of what that incredible responsibility will entail at UDel. Kelly hopes to be in the pre-Veterinary program at the school and will continue with that career, even when her basketball career ends. So for all of you future animal owners out there, it is possible your future veterinarian will take fine care of your animal, but she also may have the skill to cross you up on the court, so don't challenge her to a one-on-one.