Chase's Holcombe commits to Converse
Chase senior Kendra Holcombe has signed a national letter of intent and received a scholarship to play basketball for the Converse College Valkyries next season.
She becomes the second Lady Trojan to sign in 2013, as Kaitlyn Smart inked earlier this year with Columbia College.
“I’m really excited about playing basketball on the next level,” said Holcombe. “That’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Several factors led to Holcombe choosing the small Division II school located in Spartanburg, S.C.
“I really like the coach and I’ve already started to bond with the other players,” said Holcombe. “The conference they play in (Conference Carolinas) is a very good basketball conference. That was important to me.”
Converse was not competitive in 2013, as they finished with a winless 0-26 record on the season. But second year head coach Kaye Weldrep is hopeful that Holcombe can help rebuild the program.
“Kendra is one of 10 new players we have coming in for next season,” said Weldrep. “She has a pure shooting touch and she works extremely hard. Kendra is also very strong academically, which is exactly what we are looking for at Converse. If she keeps doing the things she’s doing, Kendra will be a valuable part of rebuilding the program.”
Holcombe is unsure of what part she will be.
“I just want to go in and have an impact as a freshman,” she said. “I don’t know what kind yet or even if I’ll get a lot of minutes. I do know that I want to make a difference for the team. If I work hard, I think I can.”
By her senior season, Holcombe knows exactly what type of impact she wants to have on the team.
“I want to be a leader,” she said. I’m majoring in education, so by the time I graduate, I want to teach the younger players what I have learned.”
According to Chase coach Todd Davis, Holcombe is doing just that on the high school level already.
“Kendra is a natural leader,” said Davis. “She is a great example of just how far hard work can take you. Other players see that she and Kaitlyn signed to play in college and they realize that it is possible for them. too. I think that kind of attitude has really helped our program. I’m so proud of Kendra, and I’m going to miss having her on the team next year.”