Blessinger set for DePauwApril 24, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
FERDINAND — Kylie Blessinger had the foresight to know she couldn’t pass up an opportunity like this one.
The Forest Park senior always figured she’d sway the comfortable direction and go to Indiana University, the college she always envisioned attending. Then, an unexpected chance popped up that Blessinger never saw coming.
DePauw University expressed interest in the 5-foot-10 forward with a smooth jump shot. And Blessinger could not ignore the interest that this year’s Division III national champion was showing her. That helped seal her decision to continue her basketball career with the Greencastle school, as Blessinger made it official in a ceremony Tuesday at Forest Park High School.
Blessinger chuckled at just how quickly the whole process unfolded, as she didn’t officially pick DePauw until about two weeks ago.
“I was just thinking, oh, I want to go to IU — my dad drilled that into my head since I was little,” said Blessinger, a three-sport athlete who’s also played volleyball and softball for the Rangers. “We went there and we visited, and I was like, wow — I loved it there, I loved their coach, it’s just an awesome program.”
It still required a second visit to the school to signal to Blessinger that DePauw was the right choice. After all, she never considered college hoops until after her father Dean, took her to a college exposure camp in Kentucky last summer.
That got her on DePauw’s radar. And for Blessinger, an eye-opener arrived when DePauw coach Kris Huffman gave her another follow-up call shortly after the Tigers capped a 35-0 season and Division III national crown in March.
“She was just like, ”˜We could really use you.’ So that pushed me too, thinking that maybe I would have a chance to play as a freshman,” said Blessinger, who averaged a team-best 11.6 points per game this season and was named the team’s co-MVP. “Even if I don’t, I really can’t say ”˜no’ to playing basketball. It’s been my thing since grade school, my dad, it’s been his thing too. I’m really excited. It’s going to be great.”
Blessinger, the daughter of Dean and Lydia Blessinger of Ferdinand, plans to study broadcasting and journalism, with plans to enter the sports broadcasting field.
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