The Paper photo by Lori Poteet<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Another Byrd goes Division 1- Kelsi Byrd officially signed with IUPUI to play basketball. She verbally commited last year to he Jags. Front Row: David Byrd (dad), Kelsi Byrd, Mindy Byrd (Mom), Sami Byrd (Sister). Back row: Coach Ken Hampton and North Athletic Director Matt Merica
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Another Byrd goes Division 1- Kelsi Byrd officially signed with IUPUI to play basketball. She verbally commited last year to he Jags. Front Row: David Byrd (dad), Kelsi Byrd, Mindy Byrd (Mom), Sami Byrd (Sister). Back row: Coach Ken Hampton and North Athletic Director Matt Merica
LINDEN - The North Montgomery Chargers are sending yet another of their basketball players to a division one school. Senior Kelsi Byrd publicly signed her letter of intent to Indiana University, Purdue University - Indianapolis. Byrd verbally committed to IUPUI a year ago. She said she never questioned the decision.

"I was confident where I wanted to be at," said Byrd. "I wanted to get the decision out of the way because I knew where I wanted to be and I just want to focus on playing and having fun."

Byrd has been and will continue to be a major element of North Montgomery's success. The always humble Byrd took time to thank some people that have helped her success.

"I want to thank my parents first and foremost," said Byrd. "I also want to thank Coach (Ken) Hampton. He has done great things for the program."

The location and coaches at IUPUI factored heavily into Byrd's decision. She said that she got tips from her older brother, DJ, who currently plays at Purdue. Byrd said she was drawn to the coaching staff and their straightforward recruiting approach.

"They're turning the program around, and I want to be part of that."

Hampton has just this season with Byrd leading his team. He spoke highly of his leader and supported her decision.

"I am extremely proud of her," said Hampton. "I saw her at camps as a kid and you could tell she was a player. What's better about it is that she is humble, and she knows where she came from. She is very polite. I'm proud of her in terms of athletics, but I am also proud that she is the person that they brought her up to be."