Shooting guard Kelly Fogarty from Walpole, Massachusetts, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine beginning in the fall of 2017.
The 5-foot-9 Fogarty averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past season according to David Wall, her Walpole High School coach.
She will be a scholarship player, he said.
Wall said he lost two starters because of injury. He also said he didn’t have a point guard, so “every team double-teamed Kelly, ran at her and face-guarded her,” but she still finished as the Bay State Conference’s second leading scorer and was an all-conference first-team selection for the second-straight year.
She shot 38-40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and averaged over three 3-pointers per game.
“Shooting-wise, she’s the real deal,” Wall said. “To be honest, she’s the best shooter in Massachusetts. I’ve never seen anything like it. She can get hot quickly, and she doesn’t need a lot of space. She’s also a good rebounder for a guard.”
Wall said the state holds a shooting competition every year for high school players in which they shoot from all over the court.
“She has won it three years in a row,” said Wall.
Her coach said one of the keys to her success is her work ethic.
“She is as hard a worker as you’ll find,” said Wall, who noted that she lifts weights and runs regularly.
“She takes it very, very seriously. She wants to be in as good a shape as she can. And she has reaped the benefits from it,” he said.
He added that she is “very coachable and a really good kid” and is very well-liked by her teammates.
Fogarty is a National Honor Society student and will captain the Rebels for the second-straight year next season.
Her coming to UMaine will be contingent upon her being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.