Miss Versatility: Kame taking her game to San Diego
One word keeps popping up when you talk about Central High School’s Amy Kame as a basketball player.
Wednesday at Central High School, the multi-faceted Kame signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the University of San Diego.
“She’s very versatile,” University of San Diego coach Cindy Fisher said. “She’s got really good size for a wing player, can get to the basket, but also has a nice mid-range game, which is a lost art these days.”
Kame’s versatility allowed her to average 22.9 points per game last season in helping to lead the Warriors reach the Elite 8 of the Class 5A state tournament.
Kame, entering her fourth year as a starter at Central, averaged 19.5 points as a sophomore and 13 points a game as a freshman.
“She’s so versatile that she can compete at almost any spot on the floor,” Central head coach Todd Dixon said. “We know what we have, and when people got to see her play and saw what she can do, they knew she was a good one.”
Fisher and the staff at USD first saw Kame when she was playing with the Colorado Hoopsters, a traveling club basketball team based out of Denver. Fisher said she was impressed with Kame the first time she saw her.
“We were thinking she fits all of our needs and she was someone that could be significant in our program,” Fisher said. “She can do so many different things.”
Kame’s play not only attracted the Toreros. She was also considering Colorado State University, UNLV, San Diego State, Wyoming and Houston.
Kame said her final two schools were San Diego and San Diego State, but chose the Toreros for more than what they have on the court.
“I love it at (USD),” Kame said. “I love the campus, the academics, the coaching staff, they were head and (shoulders) above everyone else.”
Kame will play in the West Coast Conference next year, and said the chance to play against teams like Gonzaga, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount was something that influenced her decision.
“I like that conference,” Kame said. “I want to play against those teams, so that was one of the biggest factors in deciding.”
Kame guesses she’ll play guard for the Toreros, and at 5-foot-10 will mesh well with San Diego’s scheme. Fisher said Kame is athletically what the Toreros go after.
“At the D1 level we try to get our wings in the 5-10 to 6-1 range,” Fisher said. “She can handle the ball, and I love her competitiveness.”
Although Kame is excited for the future at San Diego, it’s that competitiveness that keeps her focused on the Central basketball season first and foremost. She figures signing early will allow her to make the most of her senior year.
“I’ve never worried that she has a ‘well, I’m signed, so now I’m good’ approach,” Dixon said. “She’s so competitive and I know she’ll play at lot more comfortable that she’s signed and I know she’s ready to play this year.”