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Staats to play basketball at Sterling College

Kahrie Stegman
Special to the Tribune
Greenback senior Danielle Staats signed a letter of intent last week to play basketball this fall at Sterling College. She was joined by her parents Kim and Shaphan Staats, and other family members for the outdoor signing event.

Pratt High School senior Danielle Staats signed a letter of intent with Sterling College on April 15 to play basketball for the Warriors in fall.

Staats has been playing basketball her whole life. She started competitive travel ball in third grade. She has lettered all four years of high school basketball, received multiple All-League Honorable Mention awards, then received All-League First Team and honorable Mention for the State of Kansas.

Playing basketball has not only impacted her athletically, but has also helped her develop her character.

“I grew as a person which is so important and shows how big of an impact things like basketball can have on someone’s life,” Staats said.

Supporting Staats and helping her grow have been her parents and family.

“They’ve been taking me to basketball tournaments since I can remember and they’ve always supported me in it,” Staats said.

Her coaches, Dustin Hildebrand and Emmanuel Adigun, helped as well.

In basketball, Staats wants future players to continue to give maximum effort.

“I hope my teammates continue the work I put in during practices and never forget that they’re capable of anything,” Staats said.

Staats hopes to leave behind a strong legacy, not just in basketball, but for all future classes at Pratt High.

“I hope my legacy at Pratt High flows deeper than a sport that I am good at,” Staats said. “I hope students remember my passion for the things I love and practice that same passion in the things they love and I pray that they strive to be the best in everything they do. I also hope that I have been a good enough role model for the future generations of Greenbacks and they grow up knowing what it looks like to be a leader and how to love passionately.”

While she is leaving behind her legacy at Pratt, she is carrying on the legacy her dad, Shaphan Staats, left at Sterling when he played baseball there.

Staats’ college decision wasn’t easy, but she let her faith guide her to choosing the right college.

“It was tough deciding where to go for awhile but once I learned more and more about Sterling I could tell that’s where God wanted me to be,” Staats said.

Staats said she is thinking about joining the worship team and being in musical theater productions at Sterling, but she is waiting to see how her schedule works with basketball.