- Faith & Family
The Lady Bulls of Miami Northwestern finished the girls’ basketball season for 2011-2012 with a tough loss to undefeated McArthur High (37-0) in the regionals. But according to first-year coach, Clyde Glover, 61, it was still a pretty good year — next year, he predicts, will be even better. Two weeks ago, the team got back together, not for a scrimmage but instead to celebrate — three of their graduating seniors signed letters of intent to further their education.
Shameka Pratt, 17, shooting guard and Nefertina Bradshaw, 18, power forward, will move on to Webber International University [NAIA, Babson Park]; Diamond Colebrook, 17, point guard, has signed with Florida Memorial University [Sun Conference, Miami Gardens].
“Our goal and promise to all of our girls and their parents is that if they maintain their academics, we will find a way for them to attend college,” Glover said. “Everyone may not be able to go to Florida State or University of Miami but with our talent we know there is a place for all of our players. And for those who want to go to college but stay close to home, there are plenty of options. It’s all about exposing the girls to the many opportunities that exist and to prepare them to take advantage of them.”
Glover is well known in girls’ basketball. For 16 years he led Miami Pace High School as their head coach, capturing the state championship three times. He plans to do that and more for the Lady Bulls.
“The three young ladies that have received college scholarships are all very special,” he said. “Shameka lives with her father and he’s done great things with her. She’s humble, hard-working and an amazing student/athlete. Nefertina had had to learn how to survive, first in foster care and now under the direction of an older sister. She wants to get away from Miami and grow as a young woman. She definitely has the skills. As for Diamond, she comes from a great support team that includes her mother and grandparents. Going to college was really important for all of them and so they decided to have her transfer to us for her final year of high school so we could get her ready. She’s more than ready and I know she’s going to shine.”
Summer will be hectic for the Bulls
Glover will have his team criss-crossing the U.S. throughout the summer — sometimes playing in tournaments or running camps for middle school girls — other times visiting college campuses to get a taste of what life will be like for them in the not-to-distant future. But they will also give back to their community, feeding the hungry, cleaning up streets and parks and learning how to lead by example. Twelve players will return next season, including a six-foot sophomore center.
“By the time the season starts in November, we will have played close to 85 games. That’s like three seasons. We want to be ready to roll. Trust me — it’s going to be a Bulls stampede.”
By D. Kevin McNeir