Rhodes inks with Presbyterian College
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The signing occurred in the media center at Cloudland High School, with family, classmates, coaches and friends alongside to celebrate the occasion.
“I looked at a lot of different places, and once I visited Presbyterian’s campus and all the people there and coaches there, it felt like home,” Rhodes said. “I’ve watched several games and met the players, and they were awesome. I feel like I can really fit in playing there.”
Rhodes, who transferred to CHS prior to her junior season, has had a decorated prep basketball career. She was named All-Conference and All-District during her sophomore campaign, averaging 12 points and five rebounds per contest. Rhodes averaged a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in her junior season, receiving Player of the Year accolades in addition to All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State honors. She was named East Tennessee Player of the Year in 2011-12 and scored her 1,000th career point during the season. Rhodes also averages two blocked shots and two assists per game for the Lady Landers.
“Presbyterian’s style of play reminds me a lot of Cloudland, and I feel it will be just another step for me,” Rhodes added.
“Brooke has been really great for our program. We’ve had several kids who have been able to sign, and we’ve been blessed with having another student from here sign and play Division I,” said CHS head basketball coach Matt Birchfield. “It means a lot to our program when you have good kids that come through and graduates as a student and, of course, is a great athlete also.”
Birchfield went on to describe the type of player and individual that Presbyterian is adding to its roster next season in Rhodes.
“Presbyterian is getting a special kid from both an academic and athletic standpoint,” Birchfield added. “She has been exceptional here with grades and is a good person to be around. She always has a cheerful voice, works hard to get better every day and absolutely loves the game of basketball.”
Rhodes’ mother, Tracy Singleton, shared her excitement and pride in Rhodes’ ability to continue her education while playing the game she loves.
“This is an exciting day. Brooke’s worked very hard and overcome lots of obstacles and challenges, and we’re really proud of her,” Singleton said. “Presbyterian is great; it’s a small school and the coach and coaching staff seem to have good moral values. We feel really comfortable with their program. Brooke’s had some great coaches here at Cloudland, and we’re looking forward to the next experience.”
Presbyterian graduates six seniors off its roster following this season when Rhodes joins the club. Ronny Fisher serves as head coach at Presbyterian College.
Rhodes believes her prep experience has been an enjoyable one thus far, and intends for her collegiate career to bring the same happiness to her life.
“I’ve learned a lot from the different schools I’ve attended, I’ve learned that as long as you’re happy where you are and you’re having fun while putting God first, then everything’s great,” Rhodes said.