Luray standout Weakley earns first Division I offer

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Luray High School basketball star Emilee Weakley has earned her first NCAA Division I offer.

Weakley went on an official visit to Longwood earlier this week where she says the Lancers offered her an opportunity to play at the highest level of college basketball.

“I just kind of went in with an open mind because I wasn’t expecting anything,” said Weakley. “I was just kind of expecting to meet the coaches and everything but (the head coach) gave me the offer.”

Longwood is located in Farmville, Virginia and the Lancers compete in the Big South Conference. Longwood went 14-11 overall during the 2020-2021 season. Rebecca Tillett serves as the program’s head coach.

“It’s super exciting,” said Weakley. “It’s just kind of like all the hard work that I’ve done and everybody who has poured into my success in basketball, it’s all kind of paid off so it’s super exciting to get my first offer.”

Weakley is not only one of the top players in the Shenandoah Valley but perhaps in all of Virginia. A rising senior, she has already scored more than 1,700 points at the high school level, a record at Luray, and helped the Bulldogs win the 2021 Class 2 state championship after finishing as Class 2 state runner-up in 2020.

“She’s blessed with some size and speed and physical ability but a lot of kids are blessed with that and don’t make it to the Division I level,” said Luray head coach Joe Lucas. “So her motor, she just works so darn hard and she has taken some of her weaknesses and really grown and I think defensively she can really make an impact with her size.”

While Longwood is the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Weakley, she says she has been in contact with a few other Division I programs including Buffalo, Mount St. Mary’s, and Merrimack.

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