Abyee Maracigan's basketball career appeared to take a significant blow last month when she suffered an ACL tear during the national junior college tournament.
The injury ended her career with Pima College, which went on to finish fifth at nationals.
But after she recovers, possibly by September, Maracigan will continue playing basketball.
She signed a letter of intent with Big Sky school Idaho State on Wednesday.
Bengals coach Seton Sobolew-ski visited Maracigan after she underwent surgery late last month.
"I couldn't really get up at all," said Maracigan, who suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in her left knee. "For him to believe in me, and go off seeing game film and what he's heard from other coaches, it's huge to give me a chance."
Maracigan, a sophomore, earned third-team All-America honors after she averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Aztecs, who finished 28-8.
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She said the ACL injury will require six months of recovery, so she hopes to be ready to go in September in time for the season.
Maracigan has bounced back from knee injuries before - she underwent four surgeries on her other knee, including two ACL tears, before she played with the Aztecs.
"I know what to do. It helps to have a good outlook going in," said Maracigan, a Flowing Wells High School graduate.
Pima assistant coach Vanessa Campillo spoke highly of Sobolewski to Maracigan. Campillo played at UC-Riverside while Sobolewski was an assistant there. Maracigan visited Idaho State last weekend. She said she plans to study elementary education.
"Idaho State is getting themselves a great player, great leader, but more importantly, a great person," Pima head coach Todd Holthaus said.
UA adds a commitment
In need of a post player for next season, the Arizona Wildcats landed a commitment Wednesday from Taylor Dalrymple, a 6-foot forward from Gulf Coast College.
The Atlanta native will be a junior for the 2010-11 season. She averaged 6.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for a 32-1 team that captured the NJCAA Division I national title.
The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks Dalrymple third among junior college power forwards and 17th among juco players overall. Dan Olson, who runs the report, said Dalrymple is deceptively agile and a good passer. Her dad, Bruce, played at Georgia Tech. In high school, she committed to South Carolina.
"She plays like she's 6-2," Olson said. "She's very good using that physical, imposing size and broadness to overpower opponents."