A typical conversation while waiting for players and coaches to come into the interview room at the state basketball tournament has to do with what the winning or losing team might or might not have returning next season and can that team make it back to the same level a year from now.
It's a conversation that's held often regarding the Africentric girls program considering the Nubians make it into a state semifinal or final just about every year.
When some journalist colleagues and I started talking about that after Africentric's 67-49 loss to Anna on March 16 in the Division III state final, we knew almost immediately that the Nubians will be just fine next season.
Africentric was losing just one senior from that team in Cincinnati-recruit Marley Hill, who at 6-3 towers over many players and showed an extreme amount of improvement this season.
Not every team can replace a Division I talent with another, but that's what the Nubians will be doing this coming season in 6-3 senior Alexa Hart, who recently verbally committed to play for Ohio State.
Hart was ineligible last season after transferring from North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy but practiced with the team all season.
Can you imagine if she'd been eligible to play the second half of the season as she might have considering the changes to the transfer rule that take affect this school year?!?!
The Nubians return seniors Darianne Seward, Sierra Harley, Kyra Jones, Alexis Parks and Ayrielle Stith and juniors Dayuna Johnson and Dejanique Franks who each saw key minutes last season.
I had heard Hart was a pretty good player before she came to Africentric and I'm looking forward to seeing her with the Nubians in a couple months.
Hart recently committed to OSU on the same day as two of her AAU teammates, sisters Kelsey and Chelsea Mitchell from Cincinnati Princeton.
"It's really excited because I like playing with the two twins," Hart said. "They're great motivators on the court. I was ineligible last year, but this year I'll be able to play with (Africentric). It's great to be able to be a part of that program."
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