IU women receive commitment from 2018 forward Bree Boles

Bree Boles knows it will be awhile before she officially steps on campus.

But she couldn’t wait to be a Hoosier.

Boles, a 6-foot-3 eighth grade forward from Frankton, verbally committed to Indiana after receiving an offer during a visit to Bloomington Thursday, she and her mother, Michelle, confirmed.

Boles chose IU over early offers from Evansville and Wake Forest.

“I think staying in Indiana is important because I grew up watching Indiana basketball ever since I was little,” Boles said. “I knew I wanted to play for them. Today I walked in and knew I loved it and knew I wanted to go there. I was really surprised they offered, but I was ecstatic. Ten minutes later, I told them I wanted to commit. Staying in Indiana means I’m representing my home state and I’m going to make the state the best.”

Boles also visited for Hoosier Hysteria in October, when she was able to meet and ask questions with last year’s team.

Under the recruitment of Brandi Poole and Jimmy Colloton, Boles said IU felt like the best fit.

“They were very welcoming and they know what they’re doing,” she said. “They traveled to my school and made themselves act like they were very interested in me. Talking to them about what I want to do and achieve, we have the same goals … Being a good teammate, being the best on the court and being the best off the court. We’re out there to win, but also out there to play for each other. We think that being able to win big games, it starts in the locker room. I just think that team play and playing together, knowing your teammates and having trust in your teammates is a big deal for us.”

Boles described herself as a versatile, athletic forward who can play inside and outside.

“I can play wherever you put me,” she said. “I can stick wherever.”

Despite the early commitment, Michelle Boles and her husband, Mike, who played at IUPUI and Indiana State, said they wanted to support Bree wherever she felt comfortable.

“My husband and I decided it’d be her decision,” Michelle said. “We’d be there to guide her and would let her make her own decision. Both of us are IU grads. We’re longtime IU fans and it’d be a dream come true to watch her walk out at Assembly Hall in candy-striped pants. Tonight, when she told us that she felt comfortable there and wanted to play there and could see herself being a perfect fit, we didn’t tell her no. We’re perfectly intent on following through. It’s the best education possible, No. 1, and everything she wanted to study is offered at IU. It’s a great education and we think Curt Miller is turning things around.”

4 comments

  1. Even though this commitment is down the road, so to speak, it shows you the effect that coach Miller and his staff have had and is having turning this program around! These type of commitments often happen at “big time” programs in women’s basketball. This speaks volums about the IU program at this point in time when a big athletic girl makes such an early verble commitment! Keep it up coach, we are IU!! Go Hoosiers!

  2. This is a terrific recruit! Let’s use Bree to build fantastic recruits in 2016, 2017 and 2018!

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