Illinois State's women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie is grateful to be getting Maya Wong sooner than expected after the Redbirds announced Wednesday the Normal Community High School standout has signed a scholarship agreement with ISU.
Wong said last month she would be taking online classes this summer and graduating a year early from NCHS before enrolling at ISU in the fall semester. She will practice with the Redbirds, but plans to redshirt for the 2019-20 season.
“Maya is an elite competitor in everything she does and plays extremely hard," said Gillespie. "She is a skilled point guard with great court vision and a high basketball IQ. Maya’s redshirt season next year will pay off dividends during her career as a Redbird.”
The 5-foot-8 Wong averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals as a junior in earning Pantagraph All-Area and honorable mention all-state honors. She tied for second in the area with 58 3-pointers and helped NCHS to a Class 4A regional championship and 23-10 record.
Wong will be eligible to accompany ISU on an August trip to Italy and play in exhibition games. She will have four years of eligibility starting with the 2020-21 season.
Aeilts earns All-Region: Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Joe Aeilts has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division I Midwest All-Region Second Team. The teams are voted on by members of the ABCA.
The ISU junior is among four Redbirds that started every game this season, playing right field and third base. In conference play this season, Aeilts slashed .349/.404/.570 with seven doubles, four home runs, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored. Overall, Aeilts had a league-leading 88 hits and 49 RBI.
Aeilts was drafted in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week by the Colorado Rockies.
Titans No. 27 in Learfield Cup: Illinois Wesleyan placed 27th and was among five College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schools to rank in the top 75 of the Learfield Directors' Cup Division III standings announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
IWU moved up 35 spots from its spot in the winter standings as the men's golf team captured the national championship and softball tied for fifth nationally.
Wheaton paced CCIW schools in the standings at No. 22. Other league schools in the top 75 were North Central (32), Augustana (69) and Carthage (71).