HAMPDEN – The path to becoming a Division I scholarship athlete is usually one that evolves after a players junior season but there are always exceptions to the rule.
When Hampden junior Bella McLaughlin stepped foot on the Providence College campus, she knew that is where she was meant to be.
McLaughlin announced her commitment to play basketball for the Friars over the weekend, as a member of the class of 2027.
She first struck up a relationship with the Providence coaching staff at the U.S. Junior Nationals tournament over the summer.
After a few months of reaching out to the PC coaches weekly, the staff reached out to her on Sept. 1, per NCAA rules, scheduled her visit on Sept. 8, and committing soon after.
The Hampden junior said she felt everything about the Providence experience fit he: from the campus itself, head coach Jim Crowley and his style, and the school’s educational opportunities
“These next two years, obviously it’s going to be fun and I have that aspect of the stress taken off of it, but it’s time to get better. There’s a lot that, coach Crowley, I know he’ll want of me so keep that in mind, I’ll just keep getting better,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin says she plans to major in creative writing with a minor in pre-med studies, and has goals to eventually become a pediatric oncologist.