The options were plentiful for Macey Kvilvang. The 6-foot-5 senior at North Star High School and a North Dakota Class B all-state player in volleyball and basketball, Kvilvang had a tough choice to make on where she wanted to go and what she wanted to play at the college level.
Ultimately, it came down to the sport she’s been playing since she was a kid and for the state she grew up in.
On Sunday, Kvilvang announced her commitment on Twitter to play basketball at North Dakota State.
She had scholarship offers from Minnesota, Boise State, Arizona, North Dakota and NDSU. UND and NDSU also offered Kvilvang for volleyball.
“I wanted to play for my state,” Kvilvang told the Journal. “That was important to me. Family is very big for me, too. I like to be close to family. And with NDSU, their campus is great. The team is great. The coaches are great. The whole thing was great, and when I went on the official visit, I got to see the whole dynamic of everything and it really felt like a family.”
NDSU offered Kvilvang a full-ride scholarship last fall. She went on to average 24.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 3.5 assists in the 2015-16 season. The Bearcats went 25-2 overall with a trip to state.
North Star won the volleyball Class B state championship in 2014 and was one game from state last season. Kvilvang has been dominant on the volleyball court as well, posting 544 kills and 143 blocks in 2015. The Bearcats are off to a 7-0 start this season.
But after going back and forth, it was basketball that Kvilvang wanted to play at the college level.
“It definitely was a difficult decision,” Kvilvang said. “I decided this past spring I wanted to play basketball. I thought about it for awhile. I just decided that basketball was the way to go for me. I’ve played it since I was a little kid. It was a hard decision, but it just feels right.”
She can sign her National Letter of Intent in November, and she said making the decision before her senior season of basketball was important to her. Kvilvang will enter the season with career stats of 1,386 points, 888 rebounds and 344 blocks.
Maren Walseth enters her third season as NDSU’s head coach. The Bison went 11-18 in her first season and 7-22 last season. With six freshmen on the 12-woman roster this year, including top North Dakota recruits Sarah Jacobson from Fargo Shanley and Rylee Nudell from Maple Valley High School, and a newly-renovated arena, NDSU is working to develop into a top team in the Summit League.
“I just have a great feeling about everything,” Kvilvang said. “I know the program is building and I’m happy to be a part of that, to build up the program.”