April 16, 2008
DEKALB, Ill.-Courtney Shelton (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah) has signed a letter of intent to play women's basketball for Northern Illinois beginning in 2008-09, Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens announced Wednesday.
"I'm excited about Courtney joining us next year, because I feel she can play the point and the wing," Owens said. "I think she's a great kid, a great student. She has the balance academically and athletically. I know she's excited and her family's excited."
Last season, Shelton led the Lady Indians in points (13.5 ppg.), rebounds (5.5 rpg.), and assists (3.8 apg.) while finishing second in steals en route to earning NIC-10 Most Valuable Player honors. She helped lead the Lady Indians to a Regional Championship and an appearance in the sectional finals in 2008. For her efforts in 2007-08, Shelton was named 2007-08 Beloit Daily News All-Area Player of the Year.
"She's one of the better players at her position coming out of this area," she said. "She's strong. A lot of the high school coaches that played against her say you can't beat her size and strength playing on the perimeter."
A three-year starter for Hononegah, Shelton competed on the varsity level all four years, earning all-conference honors her sophomore, junior and senior years. She also earned Class AA All-State Honorable Mention honors in 2006-07 and 2007-08. A two-sport athlete, Shelton starred as a goalkeeper on the Lady Indians girl's soccer team. She was named first-team all-conference in both her sophomore and junior seasons and was team MVP last season. She also excelled in the classroom earning 2006-07 NIC-9 Scholar-Athlete accolades.
Shelton joins Tenisha Wilson (Chicgao, Ill./Chicago Bogan Technical) who signed her letter of intent in November.