CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Victoria Sturm has been a standout on the basketball court for the Lincoln Cougars over the past three years, and will be this season for Robert C. Byrd’s girls basketball team.
After her final high school season, she’ll begin on her journey to being a standout at the collegiate level.
Sturm, who’s still waiting on her senior basketball season to begin, announced via Twitter on Tuesday night that she has committed play college basketball at Davis & Elkins.
She said she hasn’t had too much interaction with the Senators basketball program, but once she visited and met her future coaches, Rachel Swartz and David Levy, she knew it was the place she wanted to play.
“Coach Swartz and coach Levy definitely played a major role in deciding. I have only known them for about a month and I went up there this past week just open minded and I’m like ‘I really don’t know what’s going to come out of this but I’m just going to see how it goes’ and I went up there and fell in love with it and I really could just see myself playing for both of them.” Sturm said.
Sturm was a first team all-state player last year as a Lincoln Cougar. She averaged 15.5 points per game in her junior season, and helped lead her team to the state semi-finals — a game that was never played due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sturm will be looking to help lead a new team to Charleston this year, as she’s joined Robert Shields and the Robert C. Byrd girls team. She compares the transition she is going through this year to what she will face by joining a new team with a new head coach.
“It’s going to be a lot like this year I feel like. Going into my senior year switching over to RCB when we moved this summer with coach Shields it’s been great. The other day when we were up there with her, you could definitely see the energy she brought to her team and everyone else and I think that everyone is buying in so I think that I look for this to be heading in the right way for her,” Sturm said.
Sturm’s future head coach, Rachel Swartz, hinted at the idea that she’d picked up a recruit earlier in the day on Tuesday.
Sturm said she fits in with Swartz and the Senators’ style of play.
“She definitely talked about how she likes to play fast and I love to play fast too so that was a great fit. She talked about how she liked that this year a lot of her players have the ability to take someone one on one inside and get to the basket and I think that’s one of the stronger points in my game,” Sturm said.
She decided to commit before the start of her senior basketball season because she knew it was where she wanted to play after a discussion with her family.
“I always said all along for the past three years that I wanted to have an idea towards the end of my senior basketball high school season and in a regular year, this is about the time that would be. My parents and I talked and they said if you know it’s right for you why wait,” Sturm said.
Now, Sturm said she can focus on Robert C. Byrd Flying Eagles basketball stress free.
“Now going into my senior season I’m excited. Now I can focus on this season and then take it step by step from there,” Sturm said.