By Chris Singleton, Houma Courier
Thibodaux High senior girls' basketball player Jewel Triggs has committed to George Mason University.
Triggs gave her verbal commitment on Sunday.
George Mason, a Fairfax, Virginia-based school that is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, is led by second-year coach Nyla Milleson, who led the team to an 8-23 record last season.
Triggs, who had a 3.9 GPA and a 22 on the ACT, had other offers from Nicholls, Lamar, UAB, Alabama, Penn, Campbell University, Seton Hall, Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock. She had interest from all state schools, along with Florida Atlantic, Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Dartmouth, Texas, Arkansas, Stetson, Brown, Troy, Houston, North Florida and Stephen F. Austin.
Triggs said George Mason was a good fit because of the team's fast-paced offensive style and the opportunity to play for a rebuilding program. She also liked the school's reputation as one of the top academic institutions in the country.
'It was really a hard decision because I had a lot of good schools that recruited me, but I chose them because they have an awesome coaching staff who has great accomplishments,' Triggs said during an interview on Monday. 'They have a championship mentality. That makes it a good fit for me. It's a good academic school, and I feel like I can excel on and off the court. The Washington D.C. area is a very unique area, and I'll have a lot of opportunities there.'
Triggs is a 5-foot-11 guard who scored nearly 20 points per game at Thibodaux last season, earning first-team all-district, honorable mention all-state and The Courier/Daily Comet's All-Region First Team honors.
After a long recruiting process, Triggs said she is ready to move on and enjoy the rest of her senior year at Thibodaux.
'I'm just really excited to have this next chapter in my life,' Triggs said. 'I'm really relieved and happy I got it over with it. I can focus on my work and basketball. That's a good thing.'
Triggs had a successful summer playing AAU basketball for the Baton Rouge Lady Tigers. She is a three-star prospect on prospectsnation.com.
She is the daughter of Garland and Charity Triggs.
'I just want to thank my family, especially my parents,' Triggs said. 'Without them, I wouldn't be in this spot. They brought me to all the national tournaments for these coaches to see me.'