BELLEVILLE — The Southwestern Illinois College women's basketball team will have a familiar face on the court when workouts for the 2015-15 begin in October.
Blue Storm coach Mike Juenger announced on Tuesday that Adrianna McNeal is currently enrolled at SWIC and could be an impact player this season.
McNeal was a part-time starter at SWIC during the 2012-13 season. After sitting out last year when she became a mother, McNeal is back with the Blue Storm for her sophomore year.
"We're delighted to have Adrianna back in the program. She's in school and working out," Juenger said. "Adrianna's parents are taking care of the child back in Ohio and while I can't imagine how hard that must be for Adrianna, she's making the best of it. Getting an education is the best way towards building a strong future and providing a nice life for herself and her child.''
An all-state player at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, the 6-foot McNeal was a key player two years ago when SWIC earned the second of three straight trips to the NJCAA National Tournament.
"She was a big-time player in high school and she played very well for us her freshman season," Juenger said. The big thing with Adrianna is that she can play anyplace on the floor. She's strong, she can slash to the basket, she can rebound, plays good defense and, if I need her to, she could probably play the point guard spot because she's smart and she can handle the ball so well.
"The only thing holding her back may be mid-range shooting. If she could knock down the 12-, 15-foot shot on a consistent basis, she's got a chance play big time college basketball next year.''
Juenger also announced that former East St. Louis player Petra Ebert has given a verbal commitment to attend SWIC and play for the Blue Storm next season.
The 5-9 Ebert can play either guard or forward.
"Petra was a very good player and we recruited her out of high school. But she chose to go a little further away and attend Kaskaskia College," Juenger said "She had a knee injury and didn't play last year but she's a big, strong girl who can rebound and lays really good defense. She's a physical presence inside the post."