SOUTHPORT, N.Y. - For Sheridan Heine when it came to deciding on a college there were a lot of different places to consider.

But, in the end, there was one perfect choice.

In choosing Manhattan the Notre Dame standout gets a Division I school that is close enough to home, and has a campus and coaching staff that was the right fit for her.

"There were a bunch of schools, I can't even say how many or all their names, but there were a bunch of schools so it was a very difficult decision," Heine said.

However, in the end Heine made the decision she felt was the best fit and now she is ready to see what it's like playing Division I basketball.

"I'm very excited," she said. "It's very important to know all the hard work has paid off. This is what I was working for."

While playing in Manhattan is a big change for Heine, she feels like she is ready for the big city and the thought the campus itself was the perfect place for her.

Although she is a little ways from home, Heine knows that she will have a bunch of games close enough to her family and friends.

"It's good to know that yes, this is like four hours away, but we have games in Buffalo and I think Syracuse so there are close enough games for my family to see me play."

One other thing that drew Heine to Mannhattan was the style of play the Jaspers use.

"Definitely the campus I liked and the players, and the style of play they use,I thought I'd fit in well. They like to get the ball out fast and run," she said.

Heine also wants to go to school for communications, something that Manhattan offers.

While Maurice Rankins is just taking over this year as the Notre Dame coach, there is one thing that quickly stood out to him that helps make Heine a Division I player.

"Sheridan is an athlete," he said. "Any coach would want to coach that type of athlete. On top of that Sheridan knows the game of and she can play the game of basketball."

Heine knows that athletic ability could be a big help when she gets to college.

"They are looking at me as a shooting guard, maybe a small forward," she said. "It's definitely going to be a help knowing that with my jumping ability I can possibly guard bigger players."

There are things this summer that Heine has been working on, and will continue to work on before next year.

"It's definitely important to get to the basket more and get fouled and go to the free throw line," she said. "I definitely have been working hard on my shot and working to get more of a three-point shot."

Heine knows that next year will be a big change.

"It's going to be a really big adjustment playing a lot of quicker, bigger players," she said.

For the Notre Dame senior being signed takes some pressure off in her senior year.

"It's nice to know I can go out and play and not worry about someone there watching me," she said. "It's nice that if I do have a bad game, I don't have to worry as much."

For Heine it's good to not have the pressure of impressing scouts this year, as she will have some new pressure of being a leader on the team.

"I definitely know I have to be a leader with all the young players," she said. "I want to show them hard work pays off."

While Heine made All-State for Notre Dame last year, it was her play with the Elmira Lady Express AAU team that really helped her get noticed by colleges.

Being on a team that has sent a number of players to the college level is something Heine thinks will help her make the adjustment next year.

"It helpes, especially when the older kids come back from college and you play against them," she said. "I think the nerves will be a little less because I've played a lot of college players."

With a team that includes a number of younger players on it, Rankins knows that Heine's success can be good motivation for those younger players.

"You can tell them what it took to get to that level, what it takes to go to a Division I school," he said. "They can see that as long as you put in the hard work, there is a chance."