Syd in Honduras – a quick update

11060451_1015270278484515_1434173119522110603_nMy last post about Syd’s trip generated quite a bit of traffic, so I thought I’d share a quick update. The group has occasional WiFi connection, so Syd has put a little bit on her Facebook and Instagram.

They arrived safely after a few flight delays. Syd posted a pic and a video on her Instagram which showed some of the kids they have served through the shoe ministry. The picture to the left was sent through email giving a quick update on the group. The message said they were celebrating one of the group member’s birthdays. Looks like all is well!

Thanks to all who have been praying for the group. Below is a group pic.


Articles on Syd’s Commitment

20130209-191303.jpgA couple of nice articles are posted about Syd’s verbal commitment to Louisville.

One is on The Cardinal Authority which covers U of L’s football and basketball teams.  You can read the full article here, but this is the opening paragraph.

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team landed its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2014 on Saturday. Harveysburg, Ohio, Clinton-Massie junior forward Sydney Brackemyre committed to the Cardinals. Cardinal Authority has the story and why she pulled the trigger.

This link came across Twitter today.  The Premier Basketball Report has an article on Syd.  The PBR is a basketball scouting and recruiting service that helps connect high school girls’ basketball players with college scouts from around the country.  I have to say I liked the title of the article – Cardinal Delight.  Click here to see the article on the PBR site and below is what they said about her decision:

This past weekend, Sydney Brackemyre from Clinton-Massie high school in Harveysburg, Ohio, gave her verbal commitment to Coach Jeff Walz and the University of Louisville. She chose the Cardinals over offers from the University of Michigan and Dayton University.

This 6’1 forward gives the Cardinals the ability to spread the floor because of her ability to knock down the three ball and expose a smaller defender on the low block.

“I chose the University of Louisville because it has a good FCA plus I like the campus and school size. Overall, it has a family atmosphere,” Brackemyre said.

She plans to study kinesiology when she joins the Cardinals for the 2014-2015 season.

Right now, Brackemyre is recovering from a torn ACL she suffered on December 29th. She is working hard in rehab so she can play during July of the club season. We at Premier Basketball Report wish her a speedy and full recovery.

ACL Recovery

acl Back on December 29, Syd tore her ACL and had surgery to repair it on Jan. 8. Therapy is underway, the incision is healing and she is working toward getting back on the court.

Once you or a family member go through a specific illness or injury, you become a little more aware of those who have experienced similar circumstances. Adrian Petersen brought some inspiration at the end of the NFL regular season with a spectacular season after coming back from an ACL injury. Sadly, there are many young ladies – even in our area – that have suffered similar injuries.

Just a couple of days ago, the Dayton Daily News ran a story of a young lady from Ohio, Konner Harris, who has recently returned to playing after tearing her ACL. I read it, shared it with Syd and thought it was worth posting. It’s a testament to that young lady’s work to return to playing and good motivation for others who are in a similar situation.

The first game of Konner Harris’ senior girls basketball season was one for the record books.
The Sidney High School guard made a statement by scoring a school-record 49 points against Russia on Nov. 23.
“I had no clue until the end of the game,” Harris said. “Coach had her pep talk, then came back over and gave me a big hug and told me I broke the record. I had no clue.”
While the game gave Harris a permanent place in the Sidney record book, it also represented closure and a new beginning.
Harris earned a new place as one of the leading scorers in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. She has led the league in scoring most of this season, averaging 21.5 points, just ahead of Fair-born’s Alexis Gassion.
It also signaled a full recovery from an ACL tear she suffered during soccer as a junior.
“It was our last scrimmage before the season,” Harris said. “I came down wrong and it all ended there.”
She was expected to miss most of the 2011-12 basketball season.
“She had surgery a week after (the injury) and everyone I talked to, the doctors, they all said it would usually take six months,” Sidney coach Megan Mummey said. “We didn’t think she would be back until the first tournament game, but she came back in less than four months. To do that is just incredible.”
Harris was dedicated to recovery, undergoing physical therapy four times a week while also attending practices and games. When she wasn’t at games or in therapy, she was rehabbing.
Her work ethic paid off in other ways. Harris was determined to get a Division I college scholarship, something scouts and coaches thought was not possible. She improved her all-around game, playing with Dayton Metro in AAU and working out hard in the offseason. Chicago State offered and she signed a letter of intent.
“There were a lot of people who doubted her in a way,” Mummey said. “They didn’t think she could play D-I after tearing her ACL. She worked really hard and began to complete all the aspects of her game. Last year I said her defense was a little sluggish, [and] she wouldn’t be able to play at college, let alone D-I, if she didn’t improve. She spent the whole preseason last year working on defense.”
The improvement hasn’t just been personal. The Yellow Jackets were 4-17 last season. Sidney was 9-5 going into Wednesday’s game at Troy. At 2-1 in the GWOC North, Sidney was one game behind Troy (3-0). Harris made another career mark along the way, surpassing 1,000th career points against St. Marys on Dec. 29.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Harris said. “It feels a lot better than it has. I think we just got better as a team and everyone has started to click, including our leadership. I hope we can keep it going.”

Full Court Fresh 50

basketball1Full Court is a website that covers women’s basketball from the WNBA to high school. A quick browse through the website shows article and information on current scores, teams, high school recruits and more.

A section of their website is devoted to high school girls basketball (labeled “prep” on their page). They have a listing of the top 50 high school girls in the 2013 and 2014 classes. Sydney is listed as #35 in the class of 2014. It’s also good to see four girls from Ohio make the list.

You can see the the class of 2013 list and the class of 2014 list on the Full Court website.

Chris Hansen ESPN HoopGurlz on Syd

I already put this link on my Facebook, but wanted to share it through this media outlet as well. Chris Hansen is an ESPN HoopGurlz Writer and National Director of Prospects.  While Syd was at the Fab 5 Camp in Georgia, Chris Hansen took some time to interview her and published this article on the ESPN website.

Since it’s already been on Facebook, I won’t repost it here.  Here’s the opening part of the article.  You can click on the link to read it in its entirety.

’14 Brackemyre nears decision, elite status

Sydney Brackemyre of Harveysburg, Ohio, used the EBA Fab Five Camp to make a play at elite status in the 2014 class while her recruitment nears its apex.

Here’s a link to the ESPN article.

Visit to U. of Louisville

Last Saturday afforded a visit to the University of Louisville to take a look at the school and the basketball program.  Syd is beginning to narrow down the schools on her list and this was our first look at Louisville.

Ironically, many years ago (before Syd was born), our family resided in Louisville. Other than passing the football stadium on the highway and going on to campus one time for a meeting, I didn’t really know a lot about the university.  Obviously the men’s basketball program is pretty well-known and the women’s program has enjoyed success over the past few year.

The campus and facilities were quite nice.  The KFC Yum! Center where the games are held is quite a venue.  Compared to the gyms we sit in during high school basketball season, it is a monster.  While the university doesn’t own it, they have very nice locker rooms and practice areas that are reserved just for U of L.  We took in a volleyball game and got a chance to look around the Yum! Center.


This is the women’s locker room at the Yum! Center.  The ladies also have a locker room in their practice facility.

This is a picture of the video room. They also had a training room and a place for the girls to hang out before and after practice. Very nice.

Syd Featured in Battle in the Boro Recap

Brandon Clay is a contributor to ESPN HoopGurlz, a section of the ESPN website that focuses on girls high school basketball players.  Several girls from our area are ranked on the site and Syd received a profile on the site earlier this year.

This afternoon, Clay posted a recap of The Battle in the Boro, a huge AAU tournament in Tennessee.  He identified seven players that made an impression on him during the tournament.  Syd was one from the class of 2014 he wrote about.

You can see the entire article, called Seven Wonders at Battle in the Boro.  This is what he wrote about the 2014 players.

Sydney Brackemyre (Harverysburg, Ohio), Cincinnati Angels: Brackemyre has been one of the most impressive forwards during the club season. From Nike Skills in Indianapolis to the Boro, the 6-1 forward has been effective and productive. She scores it inside and outside and is a big factor on the glass. She’s a tough matchup as she willingly posts up smaller guards and faces up on bigger forwards. Her versatility is a big reason why schools from across the country want Brackemyre to join their programs.

Olivia Smith (Yarmouth, Maine), Maine Firecrackers: In a state that isn’t known for producing a lot of Division I prospects, Smith is a bona fide next-level forward. At 6-2, she has a nice combination of size and skill, making her a probable power forward in college. Her consistent play on both ends of the floor was noticeable throughout the event. Smith should be able to create match-up issues with her ability to rebound or knock down the trail jump shot.

Syd is on ESPN HoopGurlz

ESPN is (obviously) a great place to go for information on all sports. SportsCenter is one of my favorite shows and their website is loaded with all kinds of stats, scores and sports stories.

One part of the ESPN website is dedicated to high school girls basketball where they rate and rank prospects from all over the country.  Syd now has a listing on the site in the class of 2014.  They have her in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 Watch List and have her ranked as 10th in her position.

You can see her listing on the ESPN website.  As she continues through the summer, hopefully more will be added to it.  Pretty sweet!

Visit to IU

Last weekend I accompanied my daughter on an unofficial visit to IU.  She has looked at a few other schools, but this was special as I grew up as an Indiana fan.  I’ve been to two games at Assembly Hall, but have never looked around at the athletic facilities or the campus.  It was great to see Cook Hall, where the men’s and women’s basketball offices and practice courts are. We also looked around Assembly Hall and the football stadium and weight room.

The facilities are impressive.  Here are a few pictures.

The women’s locker room

The women’s practice court

Syd with some of the coaching staff