Sugar-Salem’s Mardee Fillmore signed at letter of intent to play college basketball at Utah State University Eastern earlier this week following in the footsteps of one of her former volleyball teammates.

Camber Dodson signed to play volleyball at USU Eastern late in 2019. She’s now helping Fillmore make the transition from high school athletics to college athletics.

“I’ve just always kind of looked up to her because she was our captain,” Fillmore said. “I knew whatever she chose was probably a pretty good decision. She’s been a good friend of mine. We talked through it and she told me what she knew about it — both good and bad.”

Fillmore discovered other attractive features of USU Eastern when she visited the campus in Price, Utah late last year.

“I really liked it,” Fillmore said. “It’s definitely different than Idaho. There’s a lot of mountains and a little more of a city than Sugar City but I liked it.”

On Fillmore’s visit to USU Eastern she toured the campus then went through a practice with the Golden Eagles’ women’s basketball team.

“That was my first time meeting all of them, but they were super welcoming,” Fillmore said. “They were all excited to see me so that was a good sign.”

Fillmore said the Golden Eagles’ coaches made her feel like she fit in.

“I just really liked their coaches,” Fillmore said.”They were super nice. They were really knowledgeable. They know a lot about the game. I could tell they could teach me a lot if I went down there.”

Signing her letter of intent signals a big accomplishment for Fillmore of becoming a college basketball player.

“It’s exciting,” Fillmore said. “It’s always been a dream of mine. It’ll be fun to fulfill that.”