NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls team forward Kayla Rose has committed to continue her academic and athletic careers at Dickinson College in Carlisle.
Rose showed off her versatility by finishing in the top three in field goal percentage, rebounds and assists on the first-year AAU team out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton.
The 5-foot-9 senior forward from Riverside took campus tours of four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III schools that were recruiting her for basketball. She also visited Ursinus, Arcadia and Juniata before taking a tour of the Dickinson campus with coaches in the fall.
“Dickinson was my last college that I toured,” said Rose, who made her commitment in late November. “ … I was looking for something not too big, not too small. It seemed like just the right size.
“I loved the coaches. They were great people.”
Rose, who plans to follow a pre-med or chemistry path at Dickinson, liked the college’s medical school affiliations.
At Riverside, Rose quickly established her ability to compete against older and often taller players in the post. She was a first-team Lackawanna League Division 3 all-star as a freshman, then a second-team choice each of the next two seasons, according to NEPABasketball.com.
Rose’s ability to fill multiple roles allows her to be considered as a player who can continue to play power forward against taller college opponents, along with being able to play other positions, if needed.
“I’ll go anywhere,” Rose said “I’m always willing to do whatever they need.”
Rose has shown that throughout her development in the game.
“When I was very young, I was just a post player, but as I was getting older, I just kept getting more versatile,” she said.
Dickinson went 13-7 in the Centennial Conference and 16-11 overall last season.