College basketball coaches love players who like to work hard, fight back from obstacles and maintain a high level of toughness.
That’s why Indiana-South Bend Coach Steve Bruce loves Brooke Daugherty.
The 2006 Terre Haute South grad battled back from an ACL injury suffered in high school to earn a spot on the team at Danville Area Community College, then suffered a similar injury to her other knee five games into her freshman season.
Daugherty battled back again, earning honorable mention all-Region XXIV honors this past season and also a spot in Coach Bruce’s NAIA Division I program for the next two years.
And, she doesn’t have any knees left to tear up.
“Coming back from my injury, I had a lot of drive and motivation to earn my spot back and be able to perform well enough to get recruited out of a junior college with only one year of playing experience,” Daugherty said recently. “I spent a lot of my summer conditioning and working on my shot. It all paid off and i was able to have one of the best seasons I have had.”
Last winter, a healthy Daugherty ranked second on the DACC team in scoring (12.3 points per game) and rebounding (5.3), and averaged 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 40 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line.
“I’m really excited about going to IUSB, playing at the next level and I’m only 3 hours from home and with in 1 1/2 hours from my brother,” she added. “I chose se IUSB because I really liked coach Bruce and his style of play and his focus on fundamentals and defense.”
Bruce is excited to have Daugherty join his team, which went 19-12 overal last season and 5-5 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
He recognizes the qualities visible in athletes coming back from such serious injuries.
“That indicates the type of young lady that she is,” Bruce said. “She brings an outstanding academic record along with her as well. Our team finished the 07-08 school year with a 3.26 GPA, and we recruit young ladies who are interested in being their best, both on and off the court.
“Brooke was an easy match.”
Bruce expects to play Daugherty, a guard, at one of the two forward positions out of necessity.
“We are guard heavy and, though a little undersized, she has the attributes that make up a good post player — head, heart, hands, feet, and the ability to finish,” Bruce said. “She is an aggressive and active rebounder, and gets to the foul line.
‘”The look in her eyes says, ‘just tell me what you want me to do coach and I’ll get it done.’ We are excited and grateful that she is on her way to South Bend.”
DACC Coach Lyle Hicks appreciates the contributions of Daugherty.
“She did a lot of work to rehab not only her injury in HS but showed lots of courage when she injured her other knee,” Hicks said. “She is an outstanding young lady who puts her education at the top. IUSB is getting a very quality young lady who will be able to play defense, rebound and shoot for them.
“We will miss her here at DACC as a leader in the classroom and on the floor.”
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n College notes — Former Terre Haute resident and Indiana Hoosier Mike Roberts has followed Coach Ben Braun from California to Rice.
Roberts was on Braun’s staff at Cal for the past two years, and Braun was fired after this past season. After serving as video coordinator for the 2006-07 season, Roberts was an assistant coach this season.
This past season at Cal, Roberts was responsible for overseeing the team’s academic program and recruiting as well as scouting and game preparation in addition to on-floor coaching. As video coordinator, Roberts was involved in game preparation, self scouting, game film breakdown and other administrative duties.
Prior to his two seasons in Berkeley, Roberts played at Indiana, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in history with a certificate in management, then served one season a graduate assistant coach at Texas Tech.
“Having played at Indiana and worked with Bob Knight at Texas Tech, Mike brings valuable experience to our program,” Braun said.
n Whitted co-MVP — Northview grad Julia Whitted was recently named co-MVP of the IUPUI women’s basketball team.
She was earlier named first team all-Summit League, and was one of the nation’s most improved players, wrapping up the campaign with 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds in her sophomore season. The Staunton native saw her points per game average increase by 11.0 points, while her boards per game went up by 6.6 caroms.
Whitted also received the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award.
The Jaguars return four starters for next season.
n Bassett deciding — Terre Haute South grad Armon Bassett has not yet decided upon his next collegiate home after leaving Indiana.
Popular Internet rumors link him with Cincinnati and Marquette, while local sources indicate that Texas and West Virginia are also possible destinations.
• Irwin to Rose – Linton’s Lance Irwin has made the decision to play at the college level at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology for the next four seasons.
Rose Coach Steve Englehart told the Greene County Daily World that Irwin will be tried at both offensive and defensive line spots.
“We will start Lance out on the defensive line and he could possibly see some time on the offensive line as well. A lot of that will be determined on how well he makes the adjustment from the high school to collegiate level.”
• LTC gets local — Robinson’s Logan Brimberry has signed to play collegiately for Junsie Cotton at Lincoln Trail College in both golf and basketball.
Cotton coaches both sports.
LTC reinstated its golf program this year, and also includes local athletes Justin McDaniels and Ben Miller of Robinson and Tyler Mitchell of Oblong.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at email@example.com.
College basketball coaches love players who like to work hard, fight back from obstacles and maintain a high level of toughness.
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