STRASBURG — Strasburg’s twin towers combo of Christyan Reid and Jaden Alsberry have taken the Rams’ girls basketball program to new heights over the last few years and that continued on Wednesday.
Reid signed her letter of intent to play at Division I Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday, while Alsberry signed her letter of intent to play at Division III Bridgewater College.
Strasburg girls basketball coach Darin Jenkins said it was good for his younger players to see what they can accomplish when they work hard.
“I think it’s huge,” Jenkins said during Strasburg’s practice Wednesday evening. “I think we all saw it coming for a long time. I think it gives us hope. It’s something for them to be proud of as they graduate and then move on that they took us to places that we haven’t been in a long, long time. It’s not just them, but they’re good teammates. And I think it’s a big accomplishment for them.”
The 6-foot-3 Reid said she first met Northern Kentucky assistant women’s basketball coach Lester Rowe when he was an assistant women’s basketball coach at West Virginia University. He left WVU this past offseason, but stayed in touch with Reid.
She said she took an official visit to Northern Kentucky over the summer and enjoyed it. She committed to the Norse on Aug. 21.
“I really liked the basketball facility, and I really liked the atmosphere,” Reid said of her official visit. “The coaches were awesome. The girls were awesome. It was an awesome experience. I got to hang out with the girls on the team and bond with them.”
Reid said she was also looking at some smaller colleges, but felt like Northern Kentucky, located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, was the perfect fit for her.
“I really like the area because it’s like a big city (near Cincinnati, Ohio), but then five minutes away it’s country like it is here,” Reid said. “It’s like a home away from home.”
Northern Kentucky head women’s basketball coach Camryn Whitaker said she is excited to have Reid next season. Reid is one of four players the Norse signed on Wednesday.
“At 6-foot-3, Christyan brings much needed size to our team,” Whitaker said of Reid in a press release. “She has a physical presence that you simply cannot teach. Her aggressive mentality and willingness to do whatever she needs to do for the team’s success is immeasurable. Christyan is a rebounder who can alter many shots in the paint and score around the rim.”
The Norse, who play in the Horizon League Athletic Conference, are 0-2 this season. Reid said that she has been told they expect her to play at center next year for Northern Kentucky. Jenkins said he believes Reid will be successful for the Norse.
“I think she certainly runs the floor really well,” Jenkins said of Reid. “I think she’s gotten better throughout her high school career. That’s her AAU coaches as well as us working with her. And I think she’s got herself in position to where down the road she’ll be a good college basketball player. I think it will take a little time to adjust to the speed of the game but I think she’ll get there.”
Reid averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Rams last season and also scored her 1,000th career point.
The 6-foot-3 Alsberry said she was looking at several schools, including Division II Shippensburg University, but felt like Bridgewater was the best fit for her.
“(Bridgewater) was the one that felt the most like home to me,” Alsberry said. “I had a good connection with the coach. I had an official visit and stayed a night out there and I really liked the campus and their style of basketball.”
Alsberry averaged 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest for the Rams last year.
She said that she’s looking forward to being able to continue to play basketball after high school.
“I’m really excited to be able to play at the next level and have another four years playing the sport I love,” Alsberry said.
Alsberry verbally committed to Bridgewater on Nov. 3. The Eagles, coached by Sarah Mathews, are 0-1 this season.
Jenkins said he thinks Alsberry made the right choice for college.
“I think Jaden’s in a great spot,” Jenkins said. “I think she made a great decision. I think Bridgewater’s excited to have her and I know she’s excited to get up there. And I think at the end of the day it’s a good match for both of them.”
Reid and Alsberry helped lead Strasburg to the Class 2 state quarterfinals last year and also win the Region 2B title. With most of the team back from last year, the pair will be looking to do lead the team to even more success this coming season. Strasburg’s season opener is Dec. 3 at Warren County.
While she’s excited for the upcoming high school season, Reid said she also can’t wait to make her dreams come true and play for Northern Kentucky.
“To play D-1 basketball is a blessing,” Reid said. “I’ve been wanting to play D-1 basketball since seventh grade. I know my mom is really proud of me. My whole family is really proud of me. I think I’m the first one in the family to play sports in college.”