Mackenzie McCracken simply wanted to be sure about her college choice.
“I didn’t want to make the wrong decision,” the Wildwood High School senior said. “That’s why I took a while with the process.”
McCracken, who led the Wildwood girls basketball team to the program’s ninth South Jersey Group I title last month, has verbally committed to play at Division II Holy Family University. McCracken informed the Holy Family coaching staff of her decision this week. She’ll officially sign with the Northeast Philadelphia school before the end of the month.
“Playing in college was my goal for as long I can remember,” McCracken said. “I’m really happy I get to continue my career. Not everyone gets to do that.”
McCracken finished her high school career as one of the finest girls basketball players in Wildwood history. The 5-8 forward posted 1,896 career points, good for second all-time at Wildwood. She led South Jersey in scoring as a senior at 25.1 points per game and also posted averages of 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game.
McCracken pumped in 26 points in the South Jersey championship game, a 42-31 win over Haddon Township.
McCracken had been recruited by numerous schools at all levels. In addition to Holy Family, recent interest had come from fellow Division II schools Philadelphia University and Florida Southern, as well as Division I Wagner and Division II Stockton.
McCracken, who is ranked No. 1 in the senior class at Wildwood academically, said she is receiving a combined athletic and academic scholarship that will cover about 95 percent of Holy Family’s annual tuition.
Holy Family finished 8-19 overall, 7-12 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference last season. The Tigers are coached by Holy Spirit High School graduate Melissa Dunne, who finished her first season in charge last winter.
“This is a really good opportunity for me,” McCracken said. “I really like the coaching staff and I like that it’s close enough that my family can come see me play. I think it’s a really good fit for me.”