By Stephanie Hammon
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 7:52 pm in Girls basketball.
Even before the Notre Dame women’s basketball team made its surprising run to the NCAA tournament championship game, Carondelet High standout Hannah Huffman knew she wanted to play for the Fighting Irish.
On Monday night, as Notre Dame was preparing to play Texas A&M for the national title, the standout junior guard gave her oral commitment to Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw.
“I’ve always been a fan,” Huffman said of the school. “My dad went there and as a kid I was always watching the football team and paying close attention to their athletic programs. After I got the (scholarship) offer I always kind of knew in my gut that’s where I wanted to go. Academically, socially and athletically it fit me best.”
UCLA was also a finalist, but when Bruins head coach Nikki Caldwell announced Saturday that she was leaving for Louisiana State, Huffman wasted little time in making her call to Notre Dame. Huffman said she also considered Cal and Princeton, but not as strongly.
Huffman took two unofficial visits to South Bend, and was sold after her most recent trip last October.
“I’m not a big fan of the weather, but I’ve always been in California so this is a chance to become a more independent person,” Huffman said.
She also has extended family in Indiana.
Huffman will get to play one season with Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame’s All-American sophomore point guard who has enjoyed a tremendous postseason.
“She’s very competitive, I played with her in an open gym and she was not shy about telling me things I needed to do better, but she’s fun to be around,” Huffman said.
Huffman was a huge part of Carondelet’s run to the North Coast Section and Northern regional title games this past season. She averaged 31 points in the regional playoffs and had season averages of 16.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.5 steals.