Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:26 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 10:33 PM
Morro Bay High girls basketball star Hannah Gilbert opened the Early National Signing Period with a bang on the Central Coast. The 6-3 post player signed a national letter of intent to play at Cal Poly.
Gilbert averaged 14 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 11 rebounds per game last season as a junior for the Los Padres League champion Pirates. As a sophomore, she averaged 12 points, 2 blocks and 10 rebounds per contest for Morro Bay, which won a share of the LPL crown.
The four-year varsity player was surrounded by teammates and family, while dozens of friends and classmates watched from the stands.
Gilbert became a little emotional after the signing because of all the support she received. "I feel very lucky. I feel very honored especially because my team was so supportive because I definitely wouldn't be able to do it without them, especially my coach either. I just feel very lucky," said Gilbert, who has been coached her entire career at Morro Bay by veteran coach Cary Nerelli.
Gilbert verbally committed to Cal Poly in August. She said joining the Mustangs was an easy decision to make. "It's so easy being there. It's like it's family and it's a great atmosphere. Obviously, the education rocks and the team is awesome. So I just felt that was way to go. It's just a great school," said Gilbert.
Signing ceremonies are scheduled this week at San Luis Obispo, St. Joseph, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande and Atascadero High Schools.
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