McAuley basketball standout Alexah Chrisman verbally commits to Rice

CINCINNATI -- Alexah Chrisman took a walk around the Rice University campus in Houston this past weekend and felt connected.

In fact, the experience was as enjoyable as a walk in the park.

The McAuley 6-foot-2 senior forward verbally committed to Rice on Tuesday after taking an official visit to the Conference USA program.

“The campus is gorgeous, with canopy oak trees lining the sidewalks to help keep us cool in the middle of the Houston heat,” Chrisman told WCPO.com. “I felt like I was in a park rather than in one of the nation's largest cities. I cannot wait to attend and experience everything Rice has to offer.” 

Chrisman, who also plays for the Cincinnati Angels AAU team, averaged 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals for the Mohawks (18-7), who were district runners-up last season. She was Division I honorable mention all-district last season.

McAuley coach Dan Wallace says Chrisman fits right in with Rice coach Tina Langley’s up-tempo style and players who are versatile at multiple positions.

“Her biggest improvement that allowed her to stand out this spring/summer was her effort for loose balls, long rebounds and the ability to finish with more contact,” Wallace said. “Her conditioning and strength are at an all-time high.”

Chrisman said her defense against the post and perimeter has improved. She’s looking forward to continuing her development at the next level.

“I really enjoy being around the players because we all come from diverse backgrounds but are like-minded in our goals, morals, and work ethic,” Chrisman said. “I really loved everything about the school and campus. They are nationally ranked top 10 in the major I am interested in (biomedical engineering) and No. 1 in student happiness and quality of life, which I definitely felt from meeting the students and athletes.”

Chrisman is the sister of Ohio State freshman punter and former La Salle All-American standout Drue Chrisman.

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