Westside’s Jahmia Bradley gave sincere thanks to those watching before she had to bury her overwhelmed face.
The Lady Patriots basketball player signed with South Carolina State on Wednesday in front of family, friends and coaches as high school athletes throughout the area made college decisions official on the first day of the early signing period. Bradley was one of three former Georgia Sting players to sign Wednesday.
The AAU team also was represented by Briarwood’s Malia Kency, who signed with Florida Atlantic, and Washington County’s Shonterria Kitchens, who inked with Mercer.
“Oh my God. I’m so excited,” Bradley said. “I’m ready to play. I want to have a big season — I’m just ready for college.”
Bradley has started at Westside going back to her freshman year. She was a forward then, but is now a guard — she was recruited as one by South Carolina State. The 6-foot player has already reached 1,000 career points with another season still to go. As a sophomore, Bradley was a key member of the Class AAA state semifinalist team.
“She’s made herself an overall better player,” Westside coach Ivory Hugee said. “She’s a more complete player, a good ball-handler. She’s just grown up, from a freshman to now. You get to see them grow, being kind of silly to being serious about the game.”
Bradley’s former AAU teammates have also had productive high school careers. Kency was The Augusta Chronicle’s independent girls player of the year after averaging 21.7 points per game as a junior.
Kitchens also averaged around 20 points every game her junior season as she led Washington County to the Class AAA state quarterfinals.
“I’m proud of everybody that’s signing today,” Bradley said. “We worked hard, so I’m proud.”