Berry will play for Grambling
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Sep 06, 2013 | 604 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Nora Berry, the pressures of figuring out postgraduation plans has been resolved, as the 5-foot-11 guard/forward for the Cleveland Lady Raiders recently decided to commit to continuing her basketball career at Grambling State University.

“She had been talking to the coaches since the middle of the summer. They have been recruiting her pretty hard and heavy," Lady Raiders head coach Mindy Kiser said.

Berry, who was actively pursued by schools such as Radford University, North Florida, and the College of Charleston, ultimately made her decision after a trip to Grambling, La.

"I liked the atmosphere and the coach, Brittany Taylor James. She played overseas and that's what I want to do when I get out of college," Berry explained.

According to Coach Kiser, Grambling State should be a good fit for Berry.

"I think it will be a really good fit for her. They really think that Nora fits into their plans with what they have coming in and expect her to play right away," Kiser explained. "Going to a historically black college and being a part of those traditions and history is an honor and cool thing for her."

The now relaxed senior can now turn her focus on the upcoming basketball season.

"I think I will be able to lead my team more and just focus on high school basketball since I don't have to worry about what college I'm going to," Berry said. "I'm going to work harder and dedicate everything in the gym and give it my all.”

Berry, who averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds in her junior season, is expecting to see those averages increase this season.

"I'm going to get 20 points every game," Berry declared.

"She's going to have a really big year for us,” Kiser said. “She's going to have to do some things that are outside of her comfort zone. She really started to take on a leadership role over the summer. It's good to have her length, athleticism and offensive talent. She's been working a lot on her individual skills.”