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Jermaine's Story

Posted by saraallent Mar 4, 2008

University of Richmond ’05 – Men’s Basketball

It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school when I realized I was capable of playing basketball at the Division 1 level.  I remember distinctly creating three new goals for my basketball career that year.  The first of which was to play basketball at the Division 1 level.  Second, I wanted to become a member of the Canadian National Basketball Team. Third, was to continue on after college to play professional basketball. Once I established these three major goals, I needed to make sure I attended the college that would put me in the best possible position to accomplish all three of my goals.

 

I was fortunate enough to display some of my talents at a few well-known showcase tournaments and I began to be contacted by Division 1 schools.  Some programs just sent letters; others phone calls, and some both letters and phone calls.  After researching all the schools that had contacted me, which included location, history, academic background, coaching history, athletic department’s history and so on, I was able to narrow it down to the four schools for official visits.  At the time I thought that I would be visiting the University of Montana, University of Richmond, Boston College, and Notre Dame.

 

I had been in close contact with all four of these schools and their basketball programs for a number of months before taking my first visit, which was to University of Montana.  I took this visit with my entire family because I wanted them to all share this first experience with me.  We had a great visit and I loved the school and the surrounding atmosphere.  University of Montana was a school that I was familiar with because I had attended a few of their summer basketball camps so I was comfortable with the coaching staff and players.  Attending University of Montana would also allow me to stay close to home and the ability to drive home on occasion was appealing to me.

 

My next visit was to the University of Richmond.  The second that I stepped onto the campus I had an extraordinary feeling of comfort and security.  I loved the campus and the arena where the basketball team played.  After having the opportunity to meet the coaching staff and my potential future teammates, I knew Richmond was the school for me. There was a sense of family and unity within the program, which was important to me, especially since I was going to be so far away from home.  I met with the academic adviser on my visit and figured out what field of studies might be of interest to me if I decided to attend the school.

 

I had a great visit to University of Richmond and after returning home; and speaking with my family along with a lot of prayer I knew that I wasn’t going to take up the offers on my other two visits.  University of Richmond was the school for me.  I thanked University of Montana, Boston College and Notre Dame University for their strong interest and continued forward with my vision of attending University of Richmond.  I weighed all of the positives and the negatives and realized that University of Richmond would be the best place to help me achieve all of my goals with basketball and at the same time I would be receiving a top-notch education. 

After my visit I committed to the University of Richmond.  I continued to build a relationship with not only the coach, but also the players.  I kept in consistent contact with two players over the remaining months of my senior year of high school and the summer leading into my freshman year of college.  The following fall, upon arriving to the University of Richmond I was only a freshman but because of my previous communication I felt like I had been a member of the team and program for much longer.

 

I feel extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend the University of Richmond and to be a Division 1 athlete.  I was able to achieve all three of my goals by playing basketball at the University of Richmond. I was also able to receive a great education and meet some outstanding life long friends.

 

My Advice:

 

  • Seek advice from your family and those close to you who have gone through the decision making process before you

  • Make a choice that will make you happy! You can always transfer but it is a difficult process.  Don’t make a decision on your school because you are trying to please someone else.  You have to live with it for the next 4-5 years

  • If you are serious and passionate about your sport, then go to a school that is going to allow you to play and become a better athlete

  • Make sure that the school you go to allows you to have a life outside of your sport

  • Make sure that you get along with your teammates!  You will be spending more time with these people then you have ever spent with anyone in your life other than maybe your immediate family.  You want to be able to enjoy your time around these people and build strong, firm relationships.

 

Jermaine

 

 

 

 

 

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