Shelton makes it official

Daily Reporter staff reports

FORTVILLE — After verbally committing to the Butler Bulldogs this fall, Sydney Shelton made it official last month by signing her letter of intent for basketball.

Shelton said she considered numerous offers, including one from Kentucky, before accepting the offer to play for Butler.

Through her first three seasons at Mt. Vernon, Shelton has accrued an impressive stat line.

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A letter winner in each of her high school seasons, Shelton made a splash her freshman year as she helped guide the Marauders to a 23-4 record, conference championship, and a state title (the first girls basketball state title in school history).

Shelton has been selected to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference team in every high school season and is a three-time All-State selection through three seasons (2013, second team; 2014, first team; 2015, first team).

She was named an Indiana Junior All-Star after the 2014-15 season, and currently holds the school record for scoring with 1,617 points. Through the second week of her senior season, the Marauders have amassed a record of 66-12 (19-1 HHC).

“My most memorable moment from my high school career was being on the team that won a state title my freshman year,” Shelton said.

She cited her father’s influence as a major impact in her basketball career. “He coached me from a very young age and has always trained me, and given me advice. When I play basketball I definitely rely on him.”

Shelton’s choice of Butler keeps her close to home, which is something she looks forward to.

“I’m an Indiana girl, and I want to represent my hometown. My friends and family are a big part of my life, so playing at a place where they can come see me play was a big factor in choosing Butler.” Shelton said.

Butler University is an NCAA Division I school. The Bulldogs compete in the Big East Conference and finished the 2014-15 season 14-16 (10-8 Big East).