Over the years, Kim Mulkey has gathered up some pretty stout guards out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Kimetria “Nae-Nae” Hayden, Odyssey Sims and current standout Alexis Jones are just a few of the sharpshooters who have made their way to Waco from DFW.
Next in line is Trinity Oliver.
Oliver, a 5-9 senior guard from Euless Trinity, made her commitment to Baylor, announcing the decision Monday on Twitter.
Oliver told the Tribune-Herald Tuesday that she connected on a personal level with Baylor’s coaching staff, and that made all the difference. She chose the Lady Bears over a variety of offers, listing Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State as her other top choices.
“Honestly, I just loved the coaches at Baylor,” Oliver said. “They felt compassionate about me, and I felt I could make a great impact there. They just gave me so much positive energy.”
Oliver averaged 25.2 points per game in 2015-16 as a junior, showing a deft scoring touch. She was the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Player of the Year.
Oliver increased her scoring average about 12 points from her sophomore to junior seasons, calling the jump the byproduct of a lot of practice time.
“Just time in the gym,” she said. “I knew my sophomore year wasn’t the way I wanted it to be, and I knew that other players out there were putting in the time and working as well. I never had a trainer before that, but the guy I’m working with all the time now, we spent a matter of months working together before high school ball started, working every single day. Once the season started, I started seeing the results, and my confidence built. It just went right through the roof. I felt like I was playing how I was meant to play.”
She plans to sign with Baylor in November, and is already eagerly anticipating her college career.
“It’s like a dream come true,” she said. “Baylor has always been such a great program, and for me to come in and be able to play for Coach Mulkey, it’s just beyond me. It’s a great feeling, and I can’t wait to compete at the next level, see how I do.”
Oliver is ranked 17th nationally among all guards for 2017 by ESPN.com. She becomes the second commit for this year’s class for Baylor, joining Cypress Ranch guard Deauzya Richards, the nation’s third-ranked guard.