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Pinellas: News and Notes
By Bob Putnam
Published October 10, 2007
Chaplin chooses to be a Hoosier
The early signing period for girls basketball is not until next month, but St. Petersburg Catholic's Sasha Chaplin, above,spared herself and her family the barrage of recruiters' calls by deciding on Indiana University.
Chaplin, a 6-foot-3 post player who is considered one of the top recruits in the state, orally committed to the Hoosiers on Monday night. She has since called all the jilted suitors to break the news. Among the schools she turned down were USF and Temple.
"I weighed all my options and decided Indiana was the right fit for me," Chaplin said. "I really liked the coaching staff and the campus."
This summer, Chaplin visited all three schools before putting Indiana and USF on her short list.
"It was a tough choice, and it took a few days for me to make up my mind," Chaplin said. "I just felt like I needed to get away."
Chaplin was named first-team all-state and all-county last season when she averaged a double double for the Barons. Her best performance came in the district final against Academy of the Holy Names when she grabbed a school-record 31 rebounds.