Lani Snowden continues basketball at the college level.
Lani Snowden wasn’t ready to quit basketball.
The Van Buren senior was facing life without a sport she had played since the second grade, so Snowden took the opportunity to extend her life on the court.
Snowden signed a NCAA Division II letter of intent to play basketball for Henderson State at Arkadelphia during a ceremony at Clair Bates Arena on Thursday morning.
“I’m ready to get playing again,” said Snowden. “Because I want to keep playing.”
Snowden is undecided as to what she wants to study but will use the opportunity given to her to explore her options.
Her parents, Allen and Cheryl Snowden, allowed her to seek out her own path. Both played sports in high school and her dad played college baseball.
Dad was her coach when she was growing up as well.
“They were really good about letting me choose and totally leaving it up to me if I wanted to play,” said the Van Buren senior. “It was always my decision… my thing.”
Henderson State finished the 2016-17 season 8-20 overall and 8-12 in GAC play.
“Henderson will use Lani’s shooting ability with the fast-paced style of play,” said Van Buren coach Chris Bryant. “Like the rest of the team, Lani has always been about the big picture. Her mentality and capability allowed us to play games at a higher level. She represented our program, community and is a great student. The best compliment I can give Lani is that she left the program better than when she started.”
Being part of the Lady Pointers is something Snowden will miss, especially the friendships.
“Halie Jennen and I have been playing together since the summer of our sixth-grade year. She’s always been my best friend and with the rest team we had such good chemistry.”