Cassidy Rowe commits to Kentucky

Shelby Valley’s Cassidy Rowe goes up for a jump shot during the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Rowe verbally committed to the University of Kentucky earlier this week.

Cassidy Rowe isn’t like most freshman entering high school.

Instead of worrying about college four years from now or where they are going to go, Cassidy Rowe already knows.

Earlier this week, Shelby Valley freshman point guard Rowe verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky.

“Cassidy (Rowe) has been talking about schools the last two weeks,” her father and coach Lonnie ‘Doe Doe’ Rowe said. “Sunday night we went to the gym so she could do her therapy. We talked about an hour and at the end she said she wanted to commit to UK. She said that she wanted to stay in-state and she wanted to play where her family, friends and community could watch her because they have all been so supportive of her. 

“She then said it was obvious that UK was where she wanted to be. She loves the coaches, the campus and the program. I totally left it up to her and told her I would support her decision. I set up a time with the UK coaches that she could call them. At 2:30 today (Tuesday) she contacted them and verbally committed. We are all very happy and excited for her.”

In middle school, Cassidy Rowe led Valley Elementary to a runner-up finish in the middle school tournament and she led her team to a seventh-grade state title.

Last season, Cassidy Rowe took over a starting role for the Lady Wildcats midway through the season.

She averaged 9.9 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. She was one of the top ball handlers and passers in the 15th Region. She was named First-Team All-Mountain by Appalachian Newspapers. 

Last season, Shelby Valley finished the season with a 29-5 record. Shelby Valley won the 15th Region All “A” Classic and finished as runner-up in the All “A” Classic state tournament. The Lady Wildcats won the 59th District title, but fell to Johnson Central 43-42 in overtime in the 15th Region semifinals.

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