By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Shadae Bosley participated in a variety of different athletic activities while growing up in Indiana.
She excelled at gymnastics.
And ice skating.
And was also a cheerleader.
“I did about everything except basketball,” Bosley said. “Then when I was in the eighth grade, I was cheering at a boys game and the eighth-grade girls basketball coach saw me and convinced me to (give basketball a try). Ever since then I’ve just loved it.”
In a rather short amount of time, Bosley has turned into a standout basketball player.
On Friday, the Madison Central senior signed a national letter of intent with Cleveland State. Bosley, a 6-foot-1 forward, was also drawing interest from Morehead State, Murray State, Arkansas State, Kentucky Wesleyan, Ohio University and Bradley.
“From last year to this year, she’s improved so much,” Central coach Robert Cooksey said. “She’s really worked on her game. Her ball-handling has gotten better. Her shooting has gotten better. The time that she has put in has made her a whole lot better.”
Bosley played two seasons at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, seeing action mostly with the junior varsity team.
She transferred to Madison Central prior to her junior season and it didn’t take long for her to make an impact. During a game that summer, Bosley made a pretty good first impression.
“She didn’t start. But, we put her in and the first time down the floor, she posted up so hard and got fouled and hit the shot,” Cooksey said. “We knew that we had gotten something good.”
Even though she still had limited experience, the athletic forward jumped into the starting lineup last year for the Lady Indians. She averaged 10 points and nine rebounds a game and led the team in blocks. Led by Bosley and a pair of Division I signees — Ashton Feldhaus (Butler) and Larryn Brooks (Indiana University) — Central won its second 11th Region Championship in the past three years.
“Playing with Ashton and Larryn really helped me,” Bosley said. “I’ve always been on good high school teams. In Indianapolis, I played with some of the best guards in the state. I’ve learned from them and AAU helps some much also.”
Morehead State and a couple of other schools started recruiting Bosley last year, but the interest in the senior really cranked up in the offseason. The senior had a solid summer for the Spiece Gym Rats, an AAU team based out of Indiana.
Then, the offers started to roll in.
But, it was Cleveland State that seemed to make the biggest impression on the Central senior.
“I loved everything about it,” Bosley said of Cleveland State. “The city is beautiful. I loved the girls. They were all so nice. The coaches are awesome. I can’t think of anything bad about the place. People say, ‘When you know, you know.’”
Bosley wanted to make her decision official before the start of the season so she focus on basketball and not recruiting.
The Lady Indians lost three starters from last year’s Sweet 16 team, including Feldhaus and Brooks, but Bosley believes this team will be better than a lot of people might think.
“I’m excited because we have a lot of doubters,” she said. “Expectations are super low and I have huge goals for myself. So, I’m ready to prove people wrong.”