Proud to be a Stanford recruit

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Anna Wilson knows her basketball future is in good hands with Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.

Anna Wilson, a sophomore at Collegiate (Richmond, Va.), is one of the best high school basketball players in the nation. The 5-foot-7 point guard, who has given a verbal commitment to Stanford, is also the sister of NFL star Russell Wilson. She blogs for espnW.

In the past couple of days I have been asked what is it like being a recruit for Stanford when the team is about to play on one of the biggest stages – the 2014 women’s basketball Final Four in Nashville.

Well, on behalf of myself and other prospects for Stanford, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Maryland, it is a blessing.

About this time last year [freshman year in high school], I was unsure of where I wanted to spend my four years of college. So while watching March Madness I would look to see which program would be the best fit for me. Little did I know that five months later I would be making my decision not based on basketball, but based on the biggest stage -- the classroom.

I chose Stanford because of the challenge I knew it was going to give me. I wanted to do something other people might not choose to do, to take the road less traveled. I knew what the process would be like and if I wanted to play at a school like Stanford; school needed to come first. Before committing I told my teachers I was interested in going to Stanford and I needed to be prepared academically.

Choosing Stanford as the place to play college basketball was the easier decision. Coach VanDerveer is one of the best. When I watch her coach, I see someone who is a motivator, teacher and leader for her players. She has done so many special things at Stanford, and I just want to be a part of that.

When it comes down to it, I am incredibly thankful and humbled to be a Stanford recruit.

Go Stanford!