Greensburg Daily News
North Decatur senior Jenna Meyer, the career leading rebounder for the Lady Chargers, is headed to Georgetown College on a basketball scholarship.
Surrounded by family, coaches and administration, Meyer signed her scholarship offer to play basketball at Georgetown in Georgetown, Ky., beginning the 2013-2014 season.
Meyer is the third player in school history to score 1,000 points or more in a career.
Meyer said the process began the summer before her senior year. Jessica Foster, a South Ripley graduate, current Georgetown forward and a friend of Meyer’s, helped Meyer with the process.
“The recruiting process was fun, but it was stressful. I’m not going to lie,” said Meyer. “It was a big process. They were really impressed. I went down to scrimmage with the team in the fall, and college coaches were noticing me at AAU games. That was the best experience of my life.”
Meyer said Georgetown felt like the best fit when it was time to make a decision.
“When I scrimmaged with them, it worked out really well,” she said. “When they offered the scholarship, I thought, “Wow, this was actually happening’. It was amazing. Getting a scholarship is one of the best moments in my life and I will never forget it. It’s awesome, and it only comes once in a lifetime. It’s something I can tell my kids one day. It’s so unique because not everybody gets to go and play a college sport. Just to be able to be in that elite group of people, it’s just a very special thing.”
Meyer said her days at North and representing the school will remain among her favorite memories.
“I love how I make North Decatur proud, coming from North, then playing for a big college school,” she said.
Accompanying Meyer during the signing were the members of the North girls basketball program.
“I love my team,” she said. “My whole team was there. To see those girls smile and look up to me, that was the greatest feeling in the world. All of that proved to me that hard work really does pay off.”
Meyer expressed appreciation for her parents, Roger and Cheryl, and her older brother Nick.
“My parents and my family have really helped me along this journey,” she said. “They are so proud of me.”
Meyer credited head coach Brad Bryant the most for her success, adding that she also bonded with his wife, Karmin, and their family.
“It was the best three years of high school basketball I could ever ask for,” she said. “He’s definitely one of the strongest people I know. I couldn’t have done this without him, either. I knew in the back of my mind that he always had my back. He’s like my second dad. We’ve created a pretty special bond over the years. I love Karmin to death and she is such a wonderful person. Just the way she goes about her business is unbelievable. I know she is one of the strongest people I know. That family is great. I love them all.”
Meyer acknowledged that she has had to persevere through challenges throughout high school, only to prevail.
“With the adversity I’ve had in life, it just motivated me more to keep pushing and know that everything will be okay,” she said. “It’s shaped me as a person. You can still do what you want to do, and you can be even more determined to do something.”
Meyer has felt inspired enough to be an example for others and be a motivator.
“I always tell people to strive for their goals,” she said. “If they strive for their goals in life, with determination and hard work, everything can happen. I’m very strong in my faith. God’s been the greatest part of my life, and he’s helped me with everything.”
Meyer plans to be a physician's assistant in endocrinology and gain a background in diabetes education.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.