Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cousin Alex

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! I have to brag on my Cousin Alex Furr. She is a mega star basketball player in Texas who has broken all kinds of records. Alex is smart, talented, unbelievably athletic, funny, and gorgeous. It's no surprise we are cousins! (My mom and Alex's dad are brother and sister.) Anyway, this article was in the Tyler Morning News (Tyler, TX) today:

Athens’ Furr Signs With Fresno State
Sports Editor

ATHENS - Alex Furr has rained 3s on East Texas basketball teams the last three years.

Now, she's going national.

The Athens High School senior signed a national letter of intent with Fresno State University Tuesday before family, friends and teammates at the AHS Gymnasium.

She picked Fresno State over Mississippi State, Houston, Southern Mississippi and Alabama-Birmingham.

"I really liked the coaches and players when I visited there," Furr said of picking FSU as her college. "It was an automatic fit."

Furr is a three-time All-East Texas member as well as a two-time all-state guard who averaged 30.1 points per game as a junior. She also led the state in 3-pointers made with 146 during the 2008-09 season. That total ranked fifth nationally. She has 324 career 3s.

"Alex is the best 3-point shooter in the state of Texas," Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins said in a press release. "She is a competitive guard. We expect her skills to fit into our system and for her to be an impact player in our program."

Furr should fit right in to the Bulldog program as Fresno State has ranked among the top three NCAA teams in 3-point shooting the past two years.

Wiggins has averaged 22 wins a season in his four years as head coach of the Fresno, Calif., school.

The Bulldogs have won two straight Western Athletic Conference championships and earned two consecutive NCAA berths.

Furr noted one of the attractions of playing in the WAC was the travel.

Other schools in the conference include Hawaii, Boise State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

Furr is a four-year starter for the Lady Hornets who has scored 2,138 points in 94 games entering this season. She also has scored in double figures in 87 of the 94 games.

In the season opener against Rusk last week, Furr scored 42 points with 11 assists. She had seven 3-pointers in the 72-32 win.

Furr's career high is 51 points and 11 3-pointers in a game.

"It's nice to see a situation like this where a kid is rewarded," first-year Lady Hornets coach Austin Durrett said. "She puts in so much time. She is one of those kids who is the first one (to the gym) and the last one to leave. She deserves everything she gets."

Later on Tuesday, Furr hit 48 points in the Lady Hornets' 71-59 win over Mineral Wells. Among her buckets were five three-pointers.

WOW! We are already studying the map to see how far it is from Kentucky to California! We have never visited The Golden State but hopefully that will change in the next 4 years!

Cousin Alex definitely Works and Dreams like a BIG DOG!