High School: Kickapoo (Springfield, MO)
Recruiting Status: Signed with Baylor [press release]
Notes: also called Bella Fontleroy; her parents, William Fontleroy and Carolyn Fontleroy (née Weirick), both played basketball at Missouri State (when the school was called Southwest Missouri State)
Recruiting Summary for Ysabella Fontleroy
January 2020: offers reportedly include Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Missouri State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Virginia
offers reported in October 2020: Alabama, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Xavier
June 2021 offer: Baylor
July 2021 article (linked below) says she has more than 35 offers, including the following: Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Missouri State, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech
apparent finalists from 9/13/2021 article linked below: Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech
November 1, 2021: committed to Baylor
Fontleroy’s Arkansas visit had many highlights, home feeling (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/13/2021)
Baylor will make an in-home visit with her on Wednesday. She and her family will then travel to Virginia Tech for an official visit this weekend.
She will make an official visit to Arizona the following weekend, and Texas Tech and Baylor will be her last two official visits.
Her college decision will likely come before the early signing period that runs Nov. 10-17.
Kickapoo basketball phenom Ysabella Fontleroy is determined to live up to her last name (Springfield News-Leader, 7/6/2021)
“I shy away from it because as much as I love being a part of their legacy, I can be a part of their legacy somewhere else,” Ysabella said. “But at the same time, I always have to take them into consideration because, I mean, it would be awesome to be able to step on the same campus that they got to walk around and boast it like we’re the best of the best around here. I think that would be really cool.”
No pressure is coming from her parents — who both admit they had goosebumps when they saw Ysabella play in the state semifinals on the Hammons Student Center floor they used to call home.
The two trust Ysabella will make the right decision for herself.
“I need to be somewhere where I could potentially be the next 40 years of my life or the rest of my life,” Ysabella said. “I need to just be at a place with great resources educationally and job-wise, like with internships, and just developing those relationships. It all goes back to the relationship and connections that you make and then, of course, leadership and being able to give back.”
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