ANAMOSA - He’s taught some of the best point guards in school history during his successful 15-year career, so, when now former Anamosa girls basketball coach Jack Leighty says senior Taylor Hinz was one of the best he’s ever seen, take it as gospel.
According to Leighty, Hinz was more than capable of playing at the collegiate level.
Many others felt the same way.
The only problem was, for much of the 2018-19 campaign, Hinz didn’t want to continue her basketball education. She was all set to attend the University of Iowa this fall and play intramural basketball instead.
That was until Hinz walked off the floor for the final time as a Blue Raider following Anamosa’s heartbreaking regional playoff loss at North Fayette Valley last February.
At that very moment, she had a sudden change of plans.
“I decided I wasn’t ready to be done,” said Hinz, who signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Coe College in Cedar Rapids during a ceremony inside the Anamosa High School library Thursday, April 25.
“I mentioned to coach Leighty and my parents about possibly playing college basketball and they all told me to go for it.”
Leighty contacted Coe College and Hinz went on a visit in March.
She saw all she needed to see and immediately gave her pledge to the Kohawks.
“I really enjoyed the visit, the campus and the coaches,” Hinz said. “Best of all, I get to keep playing basketball.”
During her high school career Hinz received interest from Coe College, as well as Loras, Cornell and the University of Dubuque.
In the end however, she was mainly just interested in Coe.
“I pretty much just talked with them once I decided I wanted to keep playing,” she said. “They were pretty excited too. Now it’s time to get to work and improve my game and earn my spot on this team.”