As a kid, Brittany McPhee dreamed of playing basketball for Stanford, which features one of the best women’s programs in the country.
That dream is closer to reality now that McPhee made an oral commitment to the Cardinal earlier this month.
“That was definitely kind of the goal when I was little,” said McPhee, Washington’s two-time Gatorade Player of the Year who will be a senior at Mount Rainier this fall.. “I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll go to Stanford. But in the back of my mind, I never really thought it was actually possible or it was actually going to happen, so it’s really cool to actually be able to go there.”
McPhee, a 6-foot forward with a 4.0 GPA, averaged 27.0 points and 12.3 rebounds last season while leading the Rams to the 4A state semifinals for the second year in a row. She also put together three or more blocks, assists and steals per game.
She said she chose Stanford over Gonzaga, Washington and Nebraska.
“Academically, it can’t get much better than that,” McPhee said. “It’s kind of just the whole package. They’re program’s great, it’s nice weather, good school and the players are all nice.”
Mount Rainier coach Bob Bolam called the decision a “great choice of school and program.”
“I don’t think you can get a more well-rounded school to go to both athletically and academically,” he wrote in an e-mail. It will be great to see her compete in the Pac-12 and play at a school that plays at an elite level. Good for her!”
There had been some speculation that Brittany and twin sister Jordan would elect to play together at the collegiate level. Jordan, an all-league point guard, did not receive interest from Stanford, which had only two scholarships available and was looking for a post and a forward, according to Brittany.
“That was definitely the hardest thing we had to decide,” Brittany said. “We didn’t want to have to regret each other, so we had to pick schools separately for what we wanted, so we didn’t look back and say, ‘Oh, I only went to that school because you did.’ We tried to keep it as individually choosing schools rather than together.”
Jordan is also an accomplished cross country runner — she won the 4A state title as a sophomore and placed second last season — but still plans to play basketball at the next level and will be taking some official visits, Brittany said.
The two have some unfinished business at Mount Rainier first. After placing third at state the past two seasons, they hope to lead the Rams to the championship as seniors.
“Most definitely,” Brittany said.