BELLEVILLE — Unlike most top-level basketball players, Belleville East senior Montira Mosby wasn't concerned about playing at the NCAA Division I level when she began her recruiting process.
All Mosby wanted was a place to play where she could be happy.
A two-time first-team all-Southwestern Conference player, Mosby hopes she's found that place in Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.
"Playing at the D-1 level wasn't a big deal to me. I wanted a smaller school where I'll have the opportunity to play, get a great education and be happy and content,'' Mosby said. "Truman is a great school with a very good basketball program. I've met the coaches and players and everybody was great. I'm excited about the next four years and my future.''
The past three years have been pretty good for Mosby as well. The 5--foot-11 forward averaged 17 in both her junior and senior seasons for the Lancers and she finished her career with 1,017 points and 511 rebounds. Mosby also ranks in the top 10 in free throw percentage at East (66 percent).
"It's been four great years and I want to thank all my coaches and teammates for helping to make me a better basketball player and a better person," Mosby said. "What am I going to miss most? My teammates and coach (Andrea) Seipp has been like a second mom to me."
Mosby has also been the Lancers captain and unquestioned leader both on and off the court during the past two seasons.
"Montira has been one of the best players I have coached in my eight years at Belleville East. She defines the true meaning of being a Lancer. She has had a huge impact on our Varsity team for three years not only as an outstanding player, but she is an excellent role model and leader on and off the court," Seipp said. "I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach her and watch her develop into an extremely talented young lady. I'm so proud of her for all of her accomplishments and look forward to watching her continue to succeed at Truman.''
Mosby has been told she will be used at the small forward and power forward positions.
"I know I've got a lot of work to do in all phases of the game. But I'm looking forward to working towards improving my game to where I can make an impact at the college level,'' Mosby said. "Truman is a great program and I know I'm going to have to go in and earn my chance to play. That's the way it should be.''
Mosby plans on majoring in exercise science with the hopes of going to medical school. Mosby would like to be a pediatrician.