When Capital Prep coach Tammy Millsaps got a phone call from reigning Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year Kiah Gillespie last night, the coach thought it was just a regular phone call. However, when the coach figured out what the call was really about, she was overjoyed.
“I got butterflies in my stomach,” the coach said.
That’s because Gillespie told her that she verbally committed to the University of Maryland. Gillespie averaged 22.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals and two blocks per game last season. Gillespie, who is entering her senior year, was getting recruited by schools like Tennessee and Rutgers and she said 17 other Division I schools were also recruiting her.
Millsaps said Gillespie had a lot of pressure to pick the “right school.” The coach said there is no such thing as a “right school,” just the best fit for her. She said she is proud of Gillespie.
“I’, happy that she made the decision for her,” the coach said. “There’s so many people throughout the process that said, ‘you need to do this or you need to do that. Why don’t you think of this school? You should play for that coach’ In the end, I really felt she made the decision where she wanted to go.”
Gillespie was a New Haven Register All-State selection, CHSCA All-State, All-Constitution State Conference and her team’s co-MVP. Gillespie led the Trailblazers to back-to-back state championships this past season as well. Capital Prep was voted the No. 1 team in Connecticut in the final GametimeCT Top 10 poll.