WFHS's Box to Hendrix College

Wichita Falls High School graduate Alexis Box says she's excited to be moving on to the next level, and who can blame her?

She missed a large portion of her senior season with an injury, a disappointing finish to a great career.

Despite the injury, she still led the Lady Coyotes in scoring and was named the Team MVP.

And Monday she signed to study and play at Division III Hendrix College, a small liberal arts school in Conway, Arkansas, just north of Little Rock.

"It's a very prestigious institution for its academics," Alexis said of the school, which is ranked a solid #106 on Forbes' Best Colleges list for 2011.

"That's mainly why I'm going there, because I would be able to get a great education, but also be able to play the game that I love."

She is a balanced, all-around guard, who lettered all four years at WFHS. But one of her best traits is her ability to run plays, which is even more important at the college level.

"[The college game] is more play-oriented," Alexis said. "I think it will help me being able to pick up on all the plays that the coach will have for me."

"She's like having a coach on the floor," Lady Coyote coach Joe Golding said. "She knew what I wanted to do before I did."

Alexis is just happy she'll be able to play in college.

"I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to play ball in college," she said. "But after I found out that I would be able to go play for this great institution, I'm just so ready to get out of here and go start my college career as a basketball player."