Jessica Graham has verbally committed to play basketball for the University of Idaho.
Graham, a senior at Modesto Christian High, played her first three seasons at Ripon. As a junior, the 6-foot forward led the Indians (25-7) to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game. She was named to The Bee's All-District team after averaging 15.5 points and eight rebounds a game.
Following the visit to Moscow, her first official recruiting visit, she knew it was where she wanted to go.
"I liked the small-town atmosphere, plus you have a big college 10 miles away in Pullman," Graham said, referring to Washington State University. "I loved Idaho after my visit."
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She met with current players and head coach Mike Divilbiss two weekends ago, then received a call last Monday with a scholarship offer.
"I spent a couple of days thinking about it, and I realized, 'This is it,' " Graham said.
She committed Friday. She'll play guard and some forward for the Vandals, members of the Western Athletic Conference.
While Graham is attending classes at Modesto Christian, she isn't eligible to play for the Crusaders this season because she didn't move. She played summer ball for MC coach Robb Spencer. Graham's parents moved her to the Salida parochial school, saying Spencer's coaching would help their daughter receive an NCAA Division I scholarship.
Jessica Graham also became an immediate rival of her brother, Justin, who is slated to be the starting point guard for WAC rival San Jose State University.
"He's happy for me right now," Jessica Graham said. "But we'll see what happens when our schools are playing each other."
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.