Hailey Van Lith is one of the most notable names in all of women’s college basketball.
While she and Louisville came up short in their hunt for a National Championship this year, it wasn’t for a lack of effort on her part.
All of which made Van Lith’s announcement early Saturday morning that she was transferring even more shocking. Not only did she leave the Cardinals, but she did so with a “do not contact” distinction.
What does that mean? It means she knows exactly where she wants to end up next. No recruitment necessary.
Van Lith, for her part, made it clear that Louisville will always hold a special place in her heart.
“It’s been an honor over the last three years to have had the opportunity to pour my passion and heart into Louisville,” she wrote on social media.
“This city has impacted my life in so many ways and helped shape me into the person I am today. The Louisville community has given to me selflessly. I will never forget your unwavering support. I look back at my time in Louisville with nothing but joy and gratitude.”
To commemorate her time in Louisville, Van Lith then shared some photos.
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Now the question becomes where her career goes from here.
Most people expect Van Lith will end up at LSU with Kim Mulkey.
Mulkey previously tried recruiting Van Lith back when she was at Baylor. At the time, she was Van Lith’s second choice.
Now with the Tigers fresh off a championship and LSU’s current best player publicly flirting with one of the biggest rappers in the game, Van Lith may be thinking about the road not taken.
Charissa Thompson is having herself quite an NFL offseason.https://t.co/cw2OBnfXNu
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 8, 2023
One way or another, a decision on her next chapter is coming soon.
Where will Van Lith end up when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.