TULSA, Okla. – For ORU women's basketball freshman, Gem Summers, staying home wasn't always her first thought, but she's glad she made the decision.
ORU was always on the radar of Gem Summers, but it wasn't her first choice, however, after attending multiple Golden Eagle camps during the summer, ORU became a quick reality. The newcomer from Victory Christian School always knew about Oral Roberts University, since she attended high school across the street, but wasn't quite sure if that's where she wanted to go.
During her senior year in high school, she became more immersed with the program and started to pursue her dream of being a Division I women's basketball student-athlete. Summers started attending Golden Eagle basketball games and becoming a fan. After attending camp the previous summer, she started to realize how she could become a Golden Eagle.
"I wanted to attend a Division I Christian university," Summers said." I went to Victory all my life so I knew that's what I wanted for my college experience."
Once the ORU coaches expressed interest in her, she quickly realized that being a Golden Eagle was in the cards for her. She wanted to see more of the university and get to know the coaches and have an on-campus visit.
"I was excited," Summers said. "I wasn't expecting it. I had a lot of Division II offers, but I knew I wanted to go Division I. Once the coaches reached out to me I knew I wanted to visit ORU."
Summers really took time to discern where she wanted to go to college. Her faith is a priority in her life and she wanted to find the place that was the perfect fit. She knew that if it were meant to be then she would receive an offer. When the offer was given and she accepted, it was a whole new way of life.
"Summer was hard and a struggle, but after the first couple of weeks you acclimate and get used to it and it was nice to do so before school started" Summers said.
With the season rapidly approaching, Summers and her team are excited to be in full practice mode now with just a couple weeks until opening tip.
"The team is really close," Summers said. "That's how we will play. Playing close will help because of our chemistry and that's what people will see when they come watch."
The Golden Eagles open the 2019-20 season at home inside the Mabee Center Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. against Central Christian in the annual Best Field Trip Ever game.
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