It seems every month during the past two basketball seasons I've wondered where Americas High School girls basketball star Tammy Acosta will attend college.
After all, she's been the best all-around girls basketball player in El Paso since her sophomore (and perhaps freshman) year. That's incredible!
Yet every time I ask her where she's going, I get the same answer in variations - it's still undecided.
Why Tammy hasn't gotten offers from at least Division 2 schools is beyond me.
This girl is as dangerous, competitive, versatile and reliable a player as I've seen in El Paso (former Montwood standout and UTEP senior Natasha Lacy also comes to mind, obviously).
From what Trailblazers head coach Paul Baca tells me, Acosta doesn't have any offers and only three junior colleges have expressed real interest: New Mexico Junior College, Cisco Junior College and Howard Junior College.
If any of those schools get her, it's a steal!
Now, I can understand why some Division 1 schools might be shying away: She's a thin 5-foot-3, and she plays in El Paso, which we all knows carries a stigma when it comes to college recruits.
Yet what this girl brings in terms of overall production on both ends and in intangibles is remarkable. She's fearless, she's a leader and she just makes things happen.
Above all, she's highly reliable. I've never seen her fail in the clutch.
She's a four-time District 1-5A champ, a two-time all-city MVP and a three-time TABC all-region selection. That has to count for something.
Here are her stats the past two seasons:
•71 % FT
Keep in mind that she was not asked to produce as much on offense with the emergence of a couple other players
•43 % 3-PT
And let's not forget that she led her team to a Class 5A Sweet 16 appearance as a sophomore. Yes, you read that right - she led that team.
For those who think she might play at UTEP, don't hold your breath. That team has young, proven players at the guard positions and is enjoying their best season ever. I don't think Miners coach Keitha Adams will offer her anything. She'll probably ask her to walk on, if she hasn't already.
Baca told me Adams had talked with Tammy but that "she kind of stopped talking to her in August."
It's unlikely Tammy will walk on anywhere, even UTEP. She's been a starter most of her life, and I don't see her going to a program where she'll have to wait indefinitely to crack the starting lineup.
Baca thinks D-1's will come around with interest late in the signing period after the top-name players across the country have been taken.
I hope so. I'd like to see Tammy play Division 1 ball - I think she can make it.
And if not, perhaps D-2. If she goes JC, get ready to see her name again in the news sooner than later.
I think Tammy is a unique player who will make any team better, and whoever lands this gem is luckier for it.