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Willis: Monarch’s Eisler chose Vermont over two others

Jeremy Papasso
Monarch’s Jordan Eisler takes a shot in last season’s Class 5A championship game against Legacy. Eisler, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, recently committed to Vermont.

For the record, Monarch’s girl basketball isn’t a college-prep program. But it would be easy for one to assume so with the Coyotes’ burgeoning penchant for moving talent on to the next level.

Jordan Eisler, a 5-foot-6 guard, is the latest of coach Gail Hook’s players to sign with a college program, as the senior recently committed to Vermont. Two years ago, it was Eliza Normen (Arizona State). Last year, much of the attention went to the Division-I bound trio of Alexus Johnson, Rebecca Richmond and Ashton Davis. Now it’s Eisler’s turn.

“I really liked the coaching staff at Vermont, and I really liked the area in Burlington,” Eisler said. “It’s very similar to Boulder. I liked the team, the academics, and I actually really liked everything about it.”

Eisler, who will study in the health sciences program with an emphasis on physical therapy, averaged 6.6 points a game as a complementary scorer last season after transferring from Legacy. She scored 10 in the Class 5A championship game, a loss to her former Lightning team, and had a season-best 15 in a game against Brighton. She shot 6-for-8 from the field in that one.

Her scoring opportunities were bound to increase this season anyway, and now the onus might further shift to Eisler with projected starting post Mae Williams out until at least late February with a knee injury.

“She has all the tools to be solid player this year,” Hook said. “She can pass, shoot, dribble, drive hard and finish, rebound and has improved on defense.”

Eisler is delighted to have the signing out of the way before basketball officially starts.

“It was really important for me to focus on high school season and not worry about anything else,” she said. “Also, academically, you don’t have to worry about where you’re going. You don’t have to take the ACT again or anything like that.”

Vermont, of the America East Conference, went 10-20 last season. Eisler also considered Washington University in St. Louis and Smith College (in Mass.) before settling on the Catamounts.

Hook believes Eisler has the tools to be a capable college player. She’s also delighted to have her for one more season.

“I think she will have a great senior year,” Hook said. “She is willing to learn, improve and assert herself into a leadership role.”

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