LaShala Harvin had no grand designs about playing basketball beyond high school prior to her senior season at Lakewood High School.
However, when she was thrust into the role as the top player for the Lady Gators, Harvin's mindset began to …
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However, when she was thrust into the role as the top player for the Lady Gators, Harvin's mindset began to change.
"At the beginning of the season when I became the leader of the team, that's when I thought I might have a chance to do that," Harvin said.
She was right.
Harvin recently signed with the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie in Allendale.
"It means a lot," Harvin said. "My coaches have been preparing me, and this means I get to keep going for it."
Harvin averaged 10 points, one steal, one assist and one rebound per game for LHS, which finished the year with an 8-14 record and reached the 4A state playoffs.
Lakewood head coach Demetress Adams-Ludd said Harvin improved in all aspects of her game as a senior.
"This year she has learned a lot and improved a lot," Adams-Ludd said. "She's gotten much better over the same time as last year.
"Her ability to get to the basket is much improved. She's got a stronger basketball IQ."
Adams-Ludd believes Harvin's best basketball is still in front of her.
"As she gets comfortable with college, I think she'll really start to improve," Adams-Ludd said.
Salkehatchie is in its first year of having a women's program. It is a member of Region X in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II.
Salkehatchie was 14-14 entering Thursday's region tournament opener.
Salkehatchie head coach Glen Mayo said Harvin fits the bill for his program.
"She is exactly what we're looking for," Mayo said. "She has a 3.8 (grade point average) in the classroom. She's a hard worker.
"We're looking for her to contribute from Day 1."
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