CHS’ Hilburn signs with Texas State

Aimee Hilburn signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. (CNJ file photo: Eric Kluth)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

With her college plans set, Clovis High senior Aimee Hilburn can now spend the 2005-06 basketball season focusing on helping the Lady Wildcats repeat their Class 5A state championship.

Hilburn signed a national letter of intent with Division I Texas State on Wednesday, shortly before leaving with the CHS volleyball team for state tournament competition in Albuquerque.

“I’m really happy,” Hilburn said. “Now I can just relax and play this year.”

The 6-footer has played a variety of positions on the court for coach Miles Watters. Hilburn has been a Class 5A first-team all-stater each of the past two seasons.

“It’s an exciting day for Aimee and her family and for the Lady Wildcat program,” Watters said. “We’re proud of her as a D-I basketball player, but even more that she’s such a good student and a good person.”

Hilburn averaged 14 1/2 points, 8.1 rebounds and more than five assists last season as the Lady Cats posted a 30-0 record, including a 49-46 win over Las Cruces Mayfield in a battle of unbeatens for the 5A title.

Watters said Hilburn’s instincts for the game help make the players around her better.

“She has great, great skills and she anticipates things that most people don’t,” he said. “She’s one of those kids that makes players around her better. She’s just got a super understanding of how to play the game.”

Texas State, a member of the Southland Conference, went 11-5 in league play and 14-14 overall a year ago. Coach Suzanne Fox is in her ninth year at the school.

“They called coach (Regina) Downing (CHS assistant) one day and said, ‘We really like Aimee and how she plays,’” Hilburn recalled. “It just kind of evolved from there.”

She took an unofficial visit over Labor Day Weekend, and made her official visit in mid-October.

“I got to hang out with the girls (on the second trip), and they were all really nice,” she said.

Watters said he expects the Bobcats to use Hilburn in a variety of ways, much as she has been here.

“It’s good for everybody,” he said of the early signing. “She’s happy where she’s going and they’re happy to have her.”