ALVA — Alva sophomore guard Jaden Hobbs didn’t have a scholarship offer in March.
Then she broke two state tournament scoring records, and things have drastically changed.
Hobbs confirmed to The Oklahoman on Wednesday that she recently verbally committed to Oklahoma State, giving the Cowgirls one of the state’s most prolific scorers.
“It just felt right,” said Hobbs, who also picked up an offer from Tulsa. “Stillwater’s close to home and that’s a big thing. I like the facilities and the coaches and stuff.”
Hobbs, who was on The Oklahoman’s Super 5 second team and Class 3A All-State team, averaged 22 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. She led the Goldbugs to the Class 3A title one year after they lost in the Class 2A championship.
But her performance over the three games in the state tournament was remarkable.
She scored a tournament-record 45 points in Alva’s semifinal win over Washington. She also averaged nearly 36 points per game in the tournament, setting the tournament record with 107 points in three games.
“You don’t get to coach very many of her during your coaching career, for sure,” Alva coach Eric Smith said. “She’s a good player, makes people better, is unselfish and still got a lot of room for improvement. It’s quite a deal to coach a kid like that.”
Hobbs plays point guard for Alva, but Smith believes she can play either point guard or shooting guard for OSU.
“I think she can play either one, to be honest with you,” Smith said. “I think if (OSU coach Jim Littell) wanted to play two points guards at the same time, he can do that or slide her over to the two if that’s what he wants to do. She has the ability because she can really shoot the basketball.