In the end, the chance to play just down the road in Hammond was too good for Jaclyn Scholvin to pass up.
The Fontainebleau standout has verbally committed to play basketball for Southeastern Louisiana University.
Entering his senior season for the Bulldogs, Scholvin is approaching the 2,000-point carer mark. In her three years at Fontainebleau, she is averaging 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.8 assists per game.
“It came down to them and Nicholls State,” said Scholvin, who committed last week. “They are two really good schools, and it was a tough choice.”
In addition to getting the chance to play Division I basketball, Scholvin said the chance to have family and friends get to see her play every game was the biggest selling point in choosing Southeastern.
“Both my mom and dad went there,” she said. “It is just down the road. I was in contact with the previous coaching staff, and they were recruiting me. Then when (new coach Yolanda Moore) took over they still wanted me. It was just the perfect fit and I called them and said I want to come to Southeastern.
“At the end of the day, of course I’m excited to get to play at the Division I-A level. But I know it is all about getting your degree and what you do after you graduate. That is why I chose the school that would be the best fit for me, not just the best basketball program.”
Steven Lopinto, Scholvin’s coach at Fontainebleau the past three years and now the coach at Lakeshore, said the Lions are getting a special player.
“They are getting a hard-nosed, high IQ type of player,” he said. “She may only be 5-6, 5-7 but she makes up for what she doesn’t have in size with her ball-handling ability and just her knowledge of the game. She can run the offense for you, and I expect her to do that at Southeastern. She is a natural point guard, and I think she is going to fit in great in Hammond.”
Although he is going to have to go up against her this season, Lopinto said he can’t wait to watch her next year in Hammond.
“It’s going to be great,” he said. “To see her progress these past three years and turn it into a college scholarship has been great. I can’t wait to go cheer her on next season at Southeastern.”
Entering her senior year with Mark Beason as her new coach, Scholvin said now that her recruiting process has concluded she looks forward to a memorable final season at Fontainebleau.
“It already has taken a good bit of pressure off my shoulders,” she said. “The recruiting process has been great, but I’m glad it is over.”
Set to sign with the Lions in the early signing period on Nov. 14, Scholvin is already academically qualified. Until she signs in November, her verbal commitment is nonbinding.