Girls Basketball: Carmichael commits to Saint Louis University
Maine South's Regan Carmichael has committed to play basketball at Saint Louis University. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 3, 2012 12:57PM
PARK RIDGE — Regan Carmichael won’t lie.
Yes, she wanted to be in the starting lineup the last couple of seasons at Maine South.
But the soon-to-be senior wasn’t going to complain out loud about it.
Rather, she handled the situation like a pro and played the game with something to prove.
Carmichael’s attitude helped the Hawks win 28 games and earned them a trip to the state tournament in 2011.
“Things happen, but you have to keep working,” she said. “Of course, I wanted to be a starter, but I played good minutes the last couple of years. You just have to embrace your role.
“You always have to push yourself.”
Whatever Carmichael did worked because a couple of weeks ago the guard verbally committed to play at Saint Louis University.
“It all started earlier this year,” she said. “My mom and I started looking at schools, primarily for academics. I mean, I am not going to play basketball forever.”
Saint Louis won out over Xavier (Ohio), Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Sacred Heart among others.
“When I visited the campus there, it was the prettiest I’d ever seen,” Carmichael said. “I then started talking to an assistant coach, and she ended up seeing me play. This summer, the head coach saw me play and later offered me a scholarship.
“Saint Louis was the best fit for me.”
For a third season in a row, Carmichael will be a big piece to the puzzle for the Hawks. She returns to the court, along with veterans Jacqui Grant and Mackenzie Duffy. All three of them played AAU ball for Midwest Elite in the offseason.
“We have great chemistry, the three of us,” Carmichael said. “It was an awesome opportunity to play all summer with both of them.”