Two District 209 basketball players – one from Proviso East High School and one from Proviso West High School – will continue playing basketball in college next year after signing letters of intent this year.
Diamond Copeland, a senior forward at Proviso East, will attend Roosevelt University in Chicago next year, where she will play for the women’s basketball team. Taylor Pate, a senior center at Proviso West, will move on to Hampton, Virginia, where she will attend Hampton University and play basketball.
Diamond helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 24-3 overall record and a perfect 12-0 conference record as she averaged 8.9 points per game during the regular season. She said that she liked the coach at Roosevelt who recruited her, Ms. Robyn Scherr-Wells, and the family atmosphere at the NAIA program.
"When Coach Robyn texted and told me that she liked the way I play, I went on a visit and just fell in love with the school, the whole atmosphere," Diamond said.
Ms. Scherr-Wells said in a press release that she believes that Diamond could contribute to the Lakers as soon as next season.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that he was proud of Diamond’s achievements.
"Diamond has been a great asset to the basketball program and a role model for other students at Proviso East," he said. "We are proud of her, and we wish her well."
Taylor averaged a double-double during the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 13.4 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 senior had also considered Loyola (Chicago) and DePaul University, but ultimately Hampton.
"The atmosphere really stood out," Taylor said. "I felt like family. The coaches are very supportive of the players and they help everyone out, even after they graduate."
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the school is proud of Taylor’s accomplishments.
"She has performed well both in the classroom and on the basketball court," he said. "She has set a great example we hope other students follow."
Congratulations to Diamond and Taylor!