Dearing signs with USI

First, the ceremony. Then the real thing. Southridge senior Kendyl Dearing will have both this week.


The Raider standout ceremoniously signed with the University of Southern Indiana on Monday and will formally sign with the program Wednesday, having received a full scholarship to continue her basketball career with the Screaming Eagles. This comes after Dearing was named All-Pocket Athletic Conference for three straight seasons and earned all-state honorable mention twice. She finished her Southridge career with 925 points and won three national titles on Indiana Elite, an Evansville-based travel team.

“Rick Stein is a very good coach and they have a very good program,” Dearing said of the USI leader. “I know most of the girls already, so it’s kind of home already there for me.”

She visited the campus last year, when USI didn’t have any available scholarships. That changed two months ago, when she heard from the school. Dearing had also visited Eastern Illinois and spoke with a handful of other schools, though USI’s proximity created great appeal. She’ll play about only an hour away from home.

“I love my family and I want to them to be able to see me throughout the year,” said Dearing, the daughter of Cory and Stacie Dearing of Huntingburg.

Dearing will major in exercise science/pre-occupational therapy. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to then enter an occupational therapy program. The manageable class sizes interested Dearing, as did its progressive feel.

“It’s just a beautiful campus and it’s continuing to grow,” Dearing said. “I feel like I can be very successful in their educational program and their basketball program, as well.”

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