Highly Commended BYU Transfer Shaylee Gonzales Discusses Basketball Journey, Texas Transfer – The Daily Texan

Basketball runs in Shaylee Gonzales’ blood.

For the five-foot-five guard from Gilbert, Arizona, who transferred from BYU to Texas in the offseason, basketball is a family business. His first memories involve hardwood.

“I remember when I was very little going to my mom’s basketball courts in high school,” Gonzales said. “I was always around the older girls and watched their workouts. … I grew up in a gym.”

Both his mother, Candice, and father, Josh, played basketball at Grand Canyon University and his four younger brothers also play basketball. She grew up around the game and her parents coached her when she was young and during high school. They were an integral part of her decision to play basketball at an elite level.

“I definitely feel like they were super hard on me, but that’s why I feel like I am the player I am today,” said Gonzales. “They have been very supportive of me and are my number one fans. … I learned a lot from them.”

Gonzales’ first Division One offer came after she attended an elite BYU training camp when she was 15. BYU offered her on the spot and she committed two years later. Gonzales turned down several internal offers from other schools because she knew she wanted to make her mark at BYU.

“I wanted to be able to change the program and put BYU on the map,” said Gonzales. “I feel like I did that.”

During his three seasons in Provo, Utah, Gonzales averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She scored 1,555 points, ranking 10th in BYU’s all-time scoring record. When her coach, Jeff Judkins, retired after 21 years of coaching women’s basketball, she said it was time to close that chapter with him and explore other options.

“I had a great experience and really enjoyed the show,” said Gonzales. “But I decided I wanted to be on a bigger stage and be more driven as a person and as an athlete.”

With two years of eligibility remaining, the 22-year-old said she had a critical decision to make about where she would continue her basketball career. She said that more than 80 schools contacted her when she was on the transfer portal. After reducing to Oregon State, Texas and North Carolina State, the two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Week landed on Texas head coach Vic Schaefer and the Longhorns.

“I wanted to go deeper into the tournament,” said Gonzales. “I want to go to the Elite Eight and the Final Four and try to win a national championship, and I definitely feel like we can do that here in Texas.”

A three-time All-West Coast Conference first-team selection, Gonzales joins an already talented Texas roster that reached the Elite Eight at last year’s NCAA Tournament. She said she wants to do what she can to make this team better than the year before.

“I’m hardworking and I love doing the little things that people don’t normally do,” said Gonzales. “Just being able to adapt to whatever comes my way is what I’m looking forward to.”

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