She always knew she wanted to play basketball at the collegiate level, and when it came time to pick a school, Carroll senior Emily Parrett followed her family.
“My whole family is basketball-oriented, so it’s been since I was little, and my aunt went to Saint Francis, so I’ve always looked up to playing at the next level. It’s been something that I look forward to every day and every game,” Parrett said before officially signing with the University of Saint Francis’ women’s basketball program Oct. 1.
As a junior last season, Parrett averaged a team-high 11 points and nearly five rebounds per game, leading the Chargers to a 17-7 record and the team’s fourth straight sectional title. She was also named to the All-SAC First Team for her efforts during the 2019-20 season.
She said academics were a big contributing factor when she chose to commit to the Cougars in April, but several top-25 rankings throughout the team’s history and a 2014 NAIA National Championship will be added bonuses. The Cougars were scheduled to compete in last year’s NAIA tournament before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As soon as I started talking to the coach, it clicked and I knew right from the start this is where I want to go,” she said. “… I know it’s going to be hard because I’ll be coming in as a freshman, so I’ll have to earn my spot, but I know that I’ll probably be playing a guard of some sort, and I’ll have to work my way up to what I want to be as a player and what (Head Coach Jason Ridge) wants me to play as well.”
Staying close to home is something Parrett is also looking forward to.
“I have all my friends around, so they can watch me and I can go watch them,” she said. “I get to watch my cousin play basketball too and my brother, so I’m excited because I’m around my family and it’s something that they can go to and not have to travel super far. That was a big deal for me.”
Off the court, Parrett plans to study biology with hopes of eventually joining a physician assistant program.
The Carroll girls basketball team’s 2020-21 season is just a month away. The Chargers are scheduled to scrimmage Bishop Luers on Oct. 31 before traveling to Columbia City for their first game of the regular season Nov. 7.