Lindsay Simpson a junior at Franklin High School has recently committed to play basketball at Western Carolina University. Western Carolina is in the Southern Conference and is a division one university. Head Coach Karen Middleton is in her second season with the Catamounts. She was an assistant at Stanford University before landing the job at Western Carolina.
Simpson is a 5’7” guard who has been heavily recruited since her freshman year. She has received thousands of college letters, numerous emails, and plenty of phone calls from coaches interested in her ability to play basketball. The recruiting process has been an exciting one for Simpson as she now has narrowed down her options to play on the colleigate level.
Simpson was named Western North Carolina’s basketball “Player of the Year” for her excellent performances. She was the All District “Player of the Year” and was the 3A WNCAC (Western North Carolina Athletic Conference) “Player of the Year” as well as being selected AP 1st team All State. Simpson was the leading scorer in the state of North Carolina with an average of 30.1 points per game. During the conference tournament she averaged 36.0 per game and was named MVP of the 3A WNCAC tournament. She also helped lead the Panthers to the conference tournament title.
Simpson recently narrowed down the schools that she was most interested in and decided that Western Carolina was the perfect fit for her. Simpson said that WCU offers her a chance to get a top quality education and play for a “quality program.” Western Carolina just recently named a new chancellor, Dr. David O. Belcher, from Little Rock, Ark.
Simpson said that Coach Middleton and her staff were one of the most genuine and professional groups of coaches she has ever met.
“The staff was always interested in what I was doing to get better as a player,” said Simpson. “They attended every summer AAU game I was involved in, as well as even attending one of my volleyball matches this past season. I know in my heart that the staff really cares about the players and building a close strong program. I have met the players at WCU and they are the same type of people, thoughtful and caring. I think this is important in building a strong team.”
Simpson is looking forward to her senior year with the Lady Panthers with several returning players on the roster. The team looks to be much stronger next year because many of the players are really working in the offseason to be better basketball players.
Simpson is playing travel basketball with “Carolina Quest” based out of Hendersonville. She is also working on her individual play and moves with former Boston Celtic great Dee Brown in Atlanta, Ga.
Simpson noted that her mother was also recruited by WCU and played four years of volleyball and basketball at WCU on an athletic scholarship. Simpson’s dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, step brother and step sister all had attended Western Carolina University.
Simpson wanted to thank Coach Middleton and her staff at WCU for all the support and faith they have shown to her through this recruitment process. She also thanked her teammates and all of her coaches through the years of little leagues, middle school, travel ball and her high school coach Scott Hartbarger for his continued support.