The Process: Camp Hill’s Diamond Bragg on her journey to Georgetown
By Diamond Bragg, Special to PennLive
I started playing basketball at the age of five.
The Camp Curtain YMCA made me. That gym on 6th street shaped how I view this game. I did not play on an organized girls team until middle school. Before then, I was often the youngest, the smallest, and most likely one of the few girls on the court.
Everything was earned.
Nothing was given.
At such a young age, I was blessed enough to have a great coach, Coach Cam. He is the reason I am the athlete I am today.
Even though I was young, he taught me the value of hard work. Now, in everything that I do, I give it 100%, and I hope you see that when you see me on and off the court. But, for those of you that do not know, he is the reason I wear #20 on my back every game. I play every game for him and if he were here today I know he’d be proud of me on this special day because today is the day that I make my decision.
Today is the day that I am committing to the Georgetown University.
It took a lot of hard work to get to this point.
Work that very few people witness and can relate to. I give everything to this game. Just working hard is simply not enough. It takes continuous sacrifices and complete commitment to the process. Whether it means getting up at 5:30 am. to work out before school or not leaving the gym until 11 p.m. on a Friday night, I believe my desire to be successful is unmatched.
It takes countless hours of preparation, trust in the process, and it takes a dream.
But most importantly it takes a love for the game. My dedication and love for basketball is the reason you know my name.
Again, nothing was given to me, everything was earned.
Throughout this process I have been blessed enough to have such a great support system. So many people have positively influenced my life and made me into the student-athlete I am today. First and foremost, I would like to thank my family. Thank you for your continuous support at every game. They are the most important thing in my life and without them I am nothing. So, to my mom and my dad: thank you for everything. Your love and support is what motivates me, because of you guys I know I can do anything I set my mind to. I would also like to thank my sister, Passion, she pushes me to be a leader without even knowing it.
Throughout this process many teams have helped me progress and improve as an athlete. I would like to thank the Philadelphia Belles for not only giving me an opportunity to showcase my ability to every college in the country, but for allowing me to meet some of my best friends. I’ve developed relationships with my teammates that I will have for the rest of my life, it’s more than just basketball.
I would also like to thank my Camp Hill team along with the community. The support throughout our school and community is unmatched. It’s been a great three years so far and every year we have been making history. Senior year we will be aiming to bring home the school’s first girls basketball state championship to create a legacy that will last forever.
Thank you coach Clarke, the rest of the coaching staff, and my teammates. I would also like to thank my athletic director, Ms. Fanus, for sacrificing so much of her time on those late nights because of her belief in me.
Lastly, I would like to thank my trainer, Coach Lew. Thank you for investing in me and helping me develop into a better player every single day.
As you would say, the proof is in the work.
I’ve already begun to prepare for the question that everyone will ask after today.
“Why Georgetown University?”
Before the recruiting process started to pick up for me I made a list.
I made sure that I included every important detail I was looking for in a school. Besides a great academic university, the most important area to me was a sense of family. I wanted to go to a school where I was completely comfortable with the coaching staff and players. My decision was easy because I instantly felt at home. The first time I met the coaches I felt a rare connection and as time passed they were always there for me. As more time went by, I started to better understand Coach A’s (Coach Adair, head coach) vision for the future of Georgetown women’s basketball. Her vision was real, and I was instantly bought in. As for the other factors, Georgetown University is like no other. Their academic excellence speaks for itself. I intend to study business, and the McDonough School of Business is one of the most prestigious programs in the country so that was a no-brainer.
For all the Hoyas out there: you might be wondering what you’re getting from a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native. I pride myself on my desire to win every game, no matter what it takes. For the most part I am a point guard, but I am versatile and can also play the 2 and 3 guard position. I am a leader and a creator, who is dedicated to the process of inspiring my teammates and myself be great. I am working tirelessly to come in and have an immediate impact my freshman year. What we’re building on the Hilltop is special and something everyone should be excited for!
This process has been filled with many emotions and at the end of the day I feel as if I am making the best decision for my future. I look forward to my senior year, but now I am not just playing for myself. I will continue to endlessly prepare for this next step in my life at Georgetown University and I am confident that it will be a great four years.