No. 1 prospect Lauren Betts looks forward to being ‘challenged’ at Stanford

Lauren Betts looks to shoot during the Jordan Brand Classic in April. (Chris Kohley/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The hype around No. 1 prospect Lauren Betts is real, with the Grandview (Colo.) High senior gearing up to head to Stanford as one of the most anticipated additions to Tara VanDerveer’s basketball program.

“I’m honestly most looking forward to being challenged in the classroom and in the gym. I think it’s like the best of both worlds,” Betts told SLAM of her future at Stanford. “It’s going to be tough, but I think it’s going to teach me a lot, to just kind of balance those things, and I think that’s going to give me a lot of opportunities to just learn some life lessons. I think I’m gonna learn a lot from Stanford.”

After leading her high school to the Colorado Class 5A state title, participating in the McDonald’s All-American game and earning back-to-back Gatorade State Player of the Year awards, Betts is used to being the best. But the 18-year-old doesn’t expect that to be the case at Stanford — at least not right away.

“I don’t want to go to a school where I know I’m going to be, like, the best as soon as I walk in,” Betts told SLAM. “I want to go to a school where, obviously, my freshman year might not be as amazing as I want [it] to be, but we’ll see what happens. Once I get there, just know that each season is gonna get better and better, and I think that I chose the best school for that.”

Betts will join a stacked Stanford team that includes Haley Jones, Hannah Jump and Cameron Brink. The Cardinal finished with a 32-4 record last season, falling to UConn in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

“It’s definitely a dream, and it still hasn’t hit me yet,” Betts told SLAM.