FREER — Celeste Laredo knows she’s headed to Ranger Junior in the fall.
On Monday, Freer’s multisport standout made it official with a signing at the school with coaches, teammates and her parents by her side in the same gym where she put up the best basketball stats of any high school player this season.
Five months after making a verbal commitment to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Laredo had a change of heart and signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Ranger Junior College. Despite her height, the 5-foot-4 Laredo packs quite a scoring punch, which she proved over and over during her senior season.
Laredo averaged 29.9 points per game for the Buckaroos and routinely made box scores look one-sided – literally. She hit 50 points in a game twice, including the season finale, a 58-49 victory over San Diego.
Laredo went on to earn Most Valuable Player honors in District 31-2A, but basketball isn’t the only sport in which she excelled.
Also a scoring threat on the volleyball court, Laredo’s dominating play up front landed her on the all-district team as the Outstanding Offensive Player. She wrapped up her career earlier this month with the Buckaroos by winning the silver medal in the 400 meters at the University Interscholastic League state track and field championships.
Michael Collins, the scouting director for GameDay Recruiting Service in Alice, helped get Laredo to Ranger. Through his company, Collins showcases promising area high school athletes to colleges and universities around the country. He said because of her athletic ability, Laredo drew interest from some big-time Div. I programs like Auburn, Kansas State, Eastern Illinois and Arizona, However, in the end, Collins said Laredo decided on Ranger.
“The type of player Celeste it, she’s just right for that program,” he said. “She’s a point guard, but she’s a true shooting guard. She has a lot of range. She can hit consistently from the three-point line and she has a great jump shot. I think she can fit in well and contribute right away."