Nicole Chappell is turning in her Polar green for some Bobcat blue.
Chappell, 17, the PGSS graduate will be making her way to Brandon University next season to play for the varsity basketball team. Chappell spent her spring break at the campus, taking part in the ID camp.
“We did a lot of conditioning, a lot of running drills and agility, and I was in the back in all that. They were always yelling at me you have to do this and get going and catch up to the other groups,” said Chappell.
“During the basketball play they were really impressed with my skills. We did a lot of two on two and three on three. They just said I have to be more confident with my ball handling and myself in general and I have to be in better shape.”
She’s happy about making the jump up from the playing AAA high school ball to the CIS in the Canada West Conference.
“I wanted to play in this league because it’s going to be a really experienced league. Even sitting on the bench watching the other players I’m going to learn a lot about the game,” said Chappell, who averaged 20 points a game for the Polars this season.
“It’s going to be a huge jump going from here to there. Me and Soili Smith, we were the leaders of this team and going to Brandon it’s going to be the dead end.
"People are going to be pushing you to work harder and usually I was the one telling other people to work harder. It’s going to be a big change emotionally. The practices are going to be more intense,” said Chappell, who is receiving a partial scholarship, which if she can increase in December by being one of the top six players on the team, both academically and with her playing time.