Maryville College has been on Hannah Seals radar since last summer.
Seals, a senior at Morristown West, noticed the Scott’s coaching staff at all her AAU games and tournaments.
And now, she is a part of their program.
Last week, Maryville College officially announced the addition of Seals to their basketball team for next season.
“I am really excited about it,” Seals said. “Maryville was my first choice all along because they came to all my games last summer. They were at all my AAU tournaments. I have played AAU all my life, and that’s always been my goal to play in college, so I am excited.”
Along with the attention they gave her last summer, the proximity to home played a big factor in Seals commitment to Maryville, which is just a little over an hour away from Morristown.
But it was the academics that really sold her, boasting high graduation rates as well as the chance of getting employed straight out of college.
“I know they are really good at basketball, but they have really good academics too,” Seals said. “They have a really high rate of students that get employed right out of college. All of their academics are high in class, so I am excited for that as well as playing for playing for Coach (Darrin) Travillian. I really like him. I have been to a couple of games, so I know their style of play. I am excited to go.”
Seals will be joining Maryville after a four-year career at Morristown West. During her senior season, Seals averaged 13.4 points and six assists per game. Seals earned multiple All-Tournament honors and was a member of the 2019-20 Citizen Tribune All-Lakeway Girls Basketball Team.
A team captain, Seals led the Lady Trojans to a 14-14 record. West made it to the District Semifinals before ending their season with a loss in the Region 1-AAA Quarterfinals to Daniel Boone.
Having played under Johnny Galyon for all four years at West, Seals feels that the move to college basketball will not be a big change for her.
“Coach Galyon really did a good job at preparing us not only the basketball part but also being on time and showing up prepared,” Seals said. “He always held us to that standard of always coming in ready. He always had us in the weight room in preseason, so I am used to that. He and Coach (Heather) Kelley really prepared us for everything.”
As Seals waits for her college career to get started in the fall, she said that she is continuing to stay in the gym and workout to get physically ready for what is next to come.
“Hannah is going to be a tremendous addition to our perimeter attack,” Travillian said in a press release. “Hannah knows how to play the game from the point guard position at both ends of the floor. Offensively, she is constantly looking down the floor and finding open teammates, and she is equally adept at knocking down her own shot. Defensively, she pressures her opponent and crashes the boards. We are very excited to see Hannah become acclimated to our system this season.”