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East's Wenzel signs with St. Edward's


April 24, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.

East guard Adelaide Wenzel signed with St. Edward's to play women's basketball.

East guard Adelaide Wenzel signed with St. Edward's to play women's basketball.   Jonathan Hinderliter for The Victoria Advocate

Adelaide Wenzel knew she was going to play basketball on the college level.

But until recently, the Victoria East senior wasn't sure where she was going to play.

Wenzel ended months of speculation by signing a letter of intent with St. Edward's University on Tuesday in the East library.

"It's a big relief," Wenzel said. "It's all I've been thinking about. I always had to worry about it.

"I would have to leave a friend's house to call someone and it was so annoying and I hated it so much. I hated having to call them because I'm shy. Now that's it's all done it's a tremendous relief."

Wenzel was a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state selection after helping to lead the Titans to a 40-3 record and a state semifinal appearance.

She was also the Most Valuable Player of the District 30-4A team and the Advocate's all-area team after averaging 16.6 points, 3 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 1.9 assists per game.

Wenzel was also recruited by Texas-San Antonio, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Southwestern.

She wanted to attend St. Edward's, a NCAA Division II school located in Austin, but her original offer was rescinded when the school went through a coaching change.

The offer was reinstated when assistant J.J. Riehl was promoted to head coach.

"I think I'm going to get playing time," Wenzel said. "I just like everything about the school, where it's at and the coach. She really just believes in me. I'm excited about showing her my all and really play for her."

East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North has no doubt Wenzel will be able to play for the Hilltoppers.

"I think she should have a very successful career at that level," Wimbish-North said. "I can't see anybody being any better than her, especially with her scoring ability. I think she's shown what she can do defensively this year."



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