La Salle Prep basketball star will miss AAU season while pondering her college coaches

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Taycee Wedin of La Salle Prep shoots against Hillsboro.La Salle Prep's Taycee Wedin is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left ACL and meniscus -- injuries that will keep one of the state's top Division I women's basketball prospects sidelined for the next six months.

Wedin, a junior, was injured during a training session at the 212 Sports athletic facility in Clackamas on March 18, eight days after helping lead the Falcons to their second Oregon School Activities Association Class 5A championship in three seasons.

Dr. Ronald Wobig of Beaver Sports Medicine in Corvallis performed the reconstructive surgery on March 23.

Wedin will sit out the upcoming AAU basketball season that begins in the spring and runs through the summer and will use part of the down time to make official visits to some of the colleges that have extended scholarship offers to her.

Wedin is considering offers from Arizona, Clemson, Saint Mary's, Texas Tech and Washington, and could make a decision before the start of the 2017-18 school year, according to Kelli Wedin, her mother and La Salle's head coach.

"We're going to make some visits this spring and basically move the recruiting process up for her," Kelli Wedin said. "Hopefully, we can get a decision made by the end of June or sometime arouind then.

"There's no reason for us to wait. We would have gone through the AAU season and then she would have made her visits and made a decision in the fall. Obviously, that's not going to be necessary now, so we're just going to push that process up a little bit and start thinking about her future a little earlier than she was going to have to think about it."

Saint Mary's coach Paul Thomas made a trip to Portland for an in-home visit with the Wedins on Wednesday.

"Coach Thomas made a special trip to make sure that Taycee was OK," Kelli Wedin said. "It really meant a lot to us, and I know it really meant a lot to Taycee, too. He literally flew in, drove right here, stayed a couple hours, and then left and flew out Wednesday night.

"As parents, we want coaches that are reaching out and showing their support. We know you want her to play basketball for you, but … you really want those people who are going to care about your kid."

Wedin, one of the state's most prolific 3-point shooters, scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games for La Salle and averaged a team-high 18.9 points per game, shooting 48.5 percent (200 of 412) from the field, and 40.1 percent (89 of 222) from beyond the arc.

She scored 20 or more points in 12 games and finished with a career-high 36 points on 14-for-26 shooting with five 3-pointers in a 67-34 rout of South Salem in the championship final of the Nike Interstate Shootout holiday tournament at Lake Oswego High.

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