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    North standout picks Edinboro


    North senior Avril Drew isn’t quite ready to hang up her basketball shoes.

    The 5-foot-7 guard recently announced her commitment to continue her education and playing career at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

    “I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” Drew said. “After visiting there, I felt welcomed and it was hard to not imagine myself there.”

    Drew felt especially comfortable with the coaching staff and current players.

    “They have a great mindset on the game and on life,” she said. “I’m excited to share my love of basketball with them next season.”

    Edinboro recruited her to play one of the guard positions.

    “For college, it is more transition-based and definitely a faster gameplay,” Drew said. “That’ll be different for me compared to high school, but it’ll be fun to step up to the challenge and develop my game even more.”

    As a senior, Drew led the Rangers with 18.0 points per game. She finished second on the team with 7.6 rebounds and third with 2.6 assists per contest. Drew drained a team-high 97 field goals, which included 17 3-pointers.

    In her four-year career, Drew played in 77 games. She averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.

    Drew served as a Swiss Army knife of sorts for the Rangers as she was among the team’s top scorers, defenders, and rebounders.

    She believes her experience in a variety of roles will help her settle into the college game.

    “I think having a broad skill set will help when facing more athletic and faster defenders,” she said. “Coach (Paul) Force always helped us with all the different aspects of the game, not just guard play or post play, which I’m grateful for that.”

    Drew plans to major in nursing.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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