By LARRY VAUGHT
Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Jo Rowe got another surprise Monday night — she got her fifth Division I scholarship offer less than a week after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during an AAU game in Chicago.
This one came from the University of Denver after she recently got one from Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell. She already had offers from Northern Kentucky, Murray and Morehead.
She averaged 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year for Shelby Valley (29-5). She was 53 of 144 from 3-point range (38 percent) and 53 of her 69 field goals were from 3-point range.
Rowe, 15, said the Denver offer was “amazing” and provides more motivation to get past her injury.
“It really boosts my confidence to get back and be even better,” Rowe said. “I know a torn ACL usually keeps you out six to nine months but some come back earlier. I just want to work hard so I can come back as soon as I can. I plan to get back sometime this season.
“It’s really amazing to have five offers. It just keeps encouraging me to get better. It really lets me see that I can accomplish so much and that just motivates me.”