EATON — Everyone expected Brittany George to be at the signing table on National Signing Day. But everyone also expected it to be for volleyball.
But as Dave Honhart, Eaton’s head basketball coach, puts it, life has an interesting way of taking twist and turns.
George was admitted into Ohio Northern University, her dream school, and began catching the eye of their basketball program as well. When they offered George an opportunity to play Division III basketball for their program, it was an offer she couldn’t pass up.
“I’ve been playing (basketball) since basically before kindergarten. It’s always been in my family,” she said. “My brother did it, both my parents did it, and I just thought that if I can’t play volleyball, I wanted to do something and basketball is something I’ve really enjoyed forever.”
And while George didn’t produce eye-popping numbers on the stat sheet, she was always a big presence of the floor for Eaton.
“When I think about Brittany, I think about three things: I think about intangibles, I think about competitiveness, and I think about perseverance,” said Honhart. “She does so many (intangibles) on the basketball court. When we look, we always do better with her on the floor in terms of how we score and how our opponents score than when she is out.”
Honhart closed his speech to his player by addressing her directly.
“You embrace challenges, you persevere, and eventually, because of that, you create the reality that you want. You’re now an outstanding high school basketball player – who’s a good 3-point shooter – and you’re going to go to college and only get better on the court,” he said.
During her time at ONU, which is where George has wanted to go since her freshman year, she will be earning her Pharm.D, and wants to become a pharmacist.
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