For years, Elemy Colome was stalking a coveted scholarship. Then in one day, she went from no offers to six.
The 5-8 Proctor (N.H.) Academy star from Lawrence had played extremely well during a pair of national AAU tourneys this summer and her recruiting blew up.
Proctor assistant coach Lindsay Brown said she wasn’t surprised in the least.
“Elemy has been a Division 1 player since the first day she stepped on the court,” said Brown. “None of this is shocking.”
Brown said the fact that Colome switched AAU teams may have kept her under the radar.
Last winter Colome averaged 19.5 points on 52 percent shooting with an eye-popping 6.2 steals a game for the Hornets.
“She has the quickest hands in the business,” said Brown.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Colome talked about the recruiting rollercoaster, playing for Lawrence High in the Hoops for Hope League and how she went from hating Proctor to loving it.
What colleges are you hearing from? “After Nationals in Georgia and Washington, D.C., I picked up six offers: Northeastern, James Madison, College of Charleston, High Point, UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell. Brown and Yale are waiting for my transcript. I’ve also heard from Minnesota, BU and URI.”
What has the recruiting process been like? “It came pretty quick. The six were thrown at me in one day. They all just called. I’d been waiting for an offer my whole high school career.”
Six scholarships in one day? “It was like a dream. It was a dream come true. I’m setting up visits before we go back to school. We’re planning that out.”
How did you end up at Proctor? “Steve Kelley from the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club helped me out. He said I should play ball there and they offered a scholarship.”
Was it a big adjustment going from the city to a prep school in tiny Andover, N.H.? “It was really, really tough. I didn’t like it at all. After a while, I realized it was better for me distraction wise. It’s only about an hour drive.
“Freshman and sophomore year I didn’t want to stay. I fought through it and ended up loving it. Freshman year was a big transition. I didn’t play as much as a freshman and I didn’t want to be at Proctor. I wouldn’t show up at practice. I just grew up and matured.”
Do you play any other sports? “I played soccer last fall for the first time and I play softball. I have a lot of awards for softball, it is my first sport. Once I started playing basketball, my love for softball went away.”
Describe your game? “I am quick and aggressive. I compete against anyone. I always want to compete with anybody.”
Where does that competitive streak come from? “Just growing up with my brother and guys at the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and the park.”
Were you always good? “I always was the one they wanted to stop.”
Where did you go to school in Lawrence? “I went to Community Day Charter School, my whole life pre-K to 8th grade.”
Have you played with any other scholarship players? “My roommate, Amber Wilson from the Bronx, was just offered by URI.”
How are you doing academically? “I made honor roll the past two terms. I have a 3.1 GPA.”
What schools do you like most? “I really like James Madison the most.”
Do you work? “Yes, Smart Hoops at the YMCA.”
What’s it like playing for Lawrence High in the Hoops for Hope Summer League? “It’s really fun. I did last summer, too. I grew up with a lot of them.”
Who is the most famous person you’ve met? “(WNBA star) Skylar Diggins at Nationals.”
What’s something people don’t know about you? “I like to surf. I was in Costa Rica for three months as sophomore. Proctor has programs like that.”
Do you have a nickname? “E.”
Who do you follow on Twitter-Facebook? “Kevin Durant, Beyonce and Rihanna.”
Do you have any pets? “A cat Leo, a tuxedo cat.”
What’s the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “Cha Cha Slide.”
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