King 5 reporter Chris Egan caught up with Seattle Christian senior Katie Collier, who is battling acute promyelocytic leukemia. She recently returned to playing, although it’s sporadic and she’s remains in treatment.
Collier, a 6-foot-3 forward, signed in November to play at Washington in 2012-13. UW coach Kevin McGuff has been inspired by her resiliency. If treatment goes according, he plans on Collier making an immediate impact on the Huskies roster next season.
“To be on the court playing says a lot about her, her person, her character, her competitiveness, that she’s fighting through all of that,” said McGuff, who has kept in contact with Collier and her family. “It’s so important for her to be on the court and play and help her team win. It’s an amazing deal. I certainly can’t wait to have her here and be a part of our program.”
UW (9-5, 1-3 Pac-12) already has an interesting look next season with redshirt senior Kristi Kingma (knee) and Marjorie Heard (knee) expected to return but frontcourt players Mollie Williams, Regina Rogers, and Mackenzie Argens set to graduate.
McGuff also said freshman Talia Walton (knee) could redshirt this season. She appeared in one game, playing five minutes in a win against Houston. Since her knee is slow to respond in order to practice, Walton could miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season. McGuff said a decision would be made soon.
“I feel really badly about the injuries that we’ve sustained,” said McGuff, who’s doubtful Heard can redshirt because she’s played in 12 games. “But (recruiting) is the same. We’re trying to add the right kids here in the future that can continue to help this program grow.”
Here’s the television piece on Collier: