The basketball road for Ashley Storey of Greely High kept leading to the same place – the University of New Hampshire.
“Being as close as it is I was able to go several times and watch games,” Storey said. “I like the campus. The coaches are really welcoming and nice, and I like their style of play.”
Storey, who’ll be a senior this fall, verbally committed to accept a full athletic scholarship from UNH. The next national letter of intent signing period for basketball is Nov. 12-19.
Storey also received an offer from Division II Assumption. Storey’s older sister, Jaclyn, will be a sophomore on the Assumption women’s team this year.
“I did think about playing with her again, but in the end I had to do it for myself and I liked UNH better,” said the 6-foot-3 Storey.
Storey said each time she visited, UNH reaffirmed it was the right place, but she didn’t rush the decision.
“I didn’t want to make a decision I’d be unhappy with,” she said, adding, “I wanted to play at as high a level as I could.”
UNH Coach Maureen Magarity is entering her fifth season in Durham. The Wildcats were 19-12 overall and 12-4 in America East in 2013-14.
“They called me after her freshman year and told me they were kind of targeting Ashley,” said Brian Clement, Storey’s club coach with the Maine Firecrackers. Last month, Storey was a key part of the Firecrackers’ 16U team that won the U.S. junior nationals silver division championship, winning a 48-team division at the tournament in Washington, D.C.
Clement said Storey excels as a passer and rebounder, and can “score in bunches.”
“The UNH coaches love Ashley’s length and her athleticism. She’s pretty polished for a kid her size,” Clement said.
As a junior, Storey averaged 15.8 points and 10.1 rebounds to lead the Rangers (15-5 overall) to the Western Class B semifinals, where they lost to Lake Region, the eventual state champ. Storey missed games early in the season recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
“The shoulder is great now. I have no problems with it,” Storey said. “I used to have to wear a brace and I’m happy I don’t have to wear that anymore.”
Storey is part of a basketball-playing family. Her father, Dale, played at Southern Maine Community College and Maine-Farmington. Her uncle, Harland Storey, was a two-time All-American at Colby and was inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.