For Purdy's Shelby White, one of her many dreams came true on Thursday. White signed a national letter of intent to play girls college basketball for the Drury University Lady Panthers.
"I'm excited," said White. "I love the fact that I will play close to home. The Lady Panthers coaching staff was great, and the opportunity to play in a brand new arena (O'Reilly Family Event Center) was a major selling point."
White is a three-year starter for Purdy and has helped the Lady Eagles reach three consecutive district title games, win a conference championship and compile a 64-17 record over that span. She enters her senior season averaging 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 4 steals a game. While maintaining a 3.8 grade point average.
Last season, White was All-Area Joplin Globe, All-District Class 2, All-Conference Ozark 7 first teams and was honored as the Ozarks 7's MVP. She will be on the cover of the 2011 Ozarks Basketball Preview.
"Shelby is a very athletic and versatile athlete," said Purdy Head Coach Grant Young. "In high school she can play any position on the court. She is a very gifted individual.
"I think we have a chance to be a special team this season," said White. "I would hope we could repeat as conference champs and win district and got to the final four."
White is the daughter of David White of Joplin and Shelly White-Prater of Purdy and plans to major in psychology and wants to work with autistic children. White chose Drury over Austin Peay, Pittsburg State and Mizzou.