Shelby Hammontree of Heritage High has decided to change her commitment from East Carolina University to the University of North Georgia.
The Lady Generals’ and ProStar Fastpitch standout, who is a member of the 2016 graduation class, committed to ECU as a freshman.
However, she said she felt the need to make changes after Coach Beth Keylon-Randolph's recent resignation.
Hammontree said the University of North Georgia is a great fit for her academically and athletically.
"Once I made the decision to decommit from ECU the two most important considerations in my mind were academics and the opportunity to win a National Championship," she said.
Hammontree said she feels like she can do that under head coach under Coach Mike Davenport.
Her summer ball coach and former high school coach Steve Chattin – of ProStar Fastpitch – said he was confident in Hammontree’s decision. He said she’s “blessed with God-given ability and works tirelessly at her craft.”
"Shelby is one of the most talented players I have ever coached and she is probably the hardest working player I have ever coached," he said.
Chattin said the 5-foot-11, two-time all-state catcher has an outstanding arm and is a home run threat at the plate. He said she’s also loyal and a team leader.
Hammontree said she would like to thank Coach Chattin and her parents, Gary and Shannon Hammontree, for supporting her and allowing her to make her own decision.
"Ultimately softball as a player will end,” she said. “I wanted a great education. In addition I just could not see myself going to a program that was not a winner. I want to improve as a player and I want to win, that is why you play the game."
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