Berry to play basketball for Grambling State
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND’S NORA BERRY made things official Wednesday afternoon when she signed to play basketball at Grambling State University, an NCAA Division I school. Seated, from left, are aunt Tracy Nalory, Nora Berry, mother Quran Nalory and grandmother Georgia Nalory. Standing are Berry’s AAU coach Juan Hansford and Lady Raiders head coach Mindy Kiser. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
CLEVELAND’S NORA BERRY made things official Wednesday afternoon when she signed to play basketball at Grambling State University, an NCAA Division I school. Seated, from left, are aunt Tracy Nalory, Nora Berry, mother Quran Nalory and grandmother Georgia Nalory. Standing are Berry’s AAU coach Juan Hansford and Lady Raiders head coach Mindy Kiser. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Two months ago Cleveland senior Nora Berry made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Grambling State University.

On Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by family, friends, teammates and a local news channel, Berry made that commitment official as she signed on the dotted line to become a Lady Tiger.

“I’m just really happy for her. I know it’s been a long process for Nora and her family and she really labored over this decision. I’m excited to see what she can do in those next four years,” Lady Raider head coach Mindy Kiser said.

For Berry, having the official paperwork signed just made the decision that much more real.

The head coach of the Grambling State Lady Tigers, Brittany Taylor James, played a major factor in Berry’s decision.

“She played overseas and that's what I want to do when I get out of college," Berry explained earlier in the fall.

Grambling State was not the only school in pursuit of Berry. Schools such as Radford University, the College of Charleston and North Florida had all shown interest in having the 5-foot-11 guard/forward sign with them prior to her commitment with the Lady Tigers.

For Berry’s mother, Quran Nalory, having her oldest child college-bound comes with proud, yet mixed emotions.

“The distance was the hardest part, but at the end of the day she had to be happy where she goes,” Nalory commented. “It’s a real good program and she will have a really good coach at Grambling.”

According to coach Kiser, Berry has averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game throughout her high school career.

As the only senior on the 2013-14 Lady Raiders, Berry has worked on becoming more of a leader on the team.

The senior also declared early in the preseason that her goals for the season were to be a leader on the court and to get 20 points a game.

At her signing, Berry confirmed that her goals have remained unchanged.

“I still intend to be a leader and score more this year,” Berry stated.

Coach Kiser has seen improvements in Berry’s game due to the senior’s work effort over the summer and in preseason.

“Her game has matured and she’s really stepped up and improved her skill level and fundamentals. Her efforts show every time she steps out on the floor,” Kiser stated. “I’m glad that she’s being one of our leaders right now and is taking advantage of the opportunities that she has. We’re looking forward to the rest of the year.”