Morro Bay High School senior, Leana Delacruz, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next year at the University of La Verne in Los Angeles, the only Morro Bay High athlete to sign this year.
A basketball and track & field standout, Delacruz said she did got offers from several other schools, too.
“I am humbled to have been offered several offers in California and out of state,” she told The Bay News. “I will always stay in contact with them, because they motivated me during season to constantly work hard.”
The Los Osos resident said she checked out other schools but they didn’t feel right.
“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit other campuses,” she said. “When I visited University of La Verne it was the only campus I truly saw myself growing as an individual in.”
It’s a big change of scenery for a girl from tiny Los Osos. “It’s in the city,” she said, “which I like because it gives me the opportunity to experience a new kind of environment than what I’m used to.”
In the end, the coach at La Verne was the dealmaker.
“Coach Pruitt really sold La Verne to me and made me feel welcome,” she explained. “He and I have been talking for a while and I feel like I am a good fit for his style of play. I’m excited to be a part of his program.”
As for her studies, “I plan to major in biology and make my own pre-med course out of my major,” she said. “My overall goal is to be a nurse practitioner.”
LA Verne’s main campus is in La Verna, Calif., some 35 miles east of Los Angeles proper, according to the university’s website (see: https://laverne.edu). It’s a private, not-for-profit school with satellite campuses in Vandenberg, Bakersfield, Oxnard, Burbank, Ontario and Irvine, among others.
Total enrollment was 4,883 in 2016. It is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren an has and endowment of $68.8 million.