Most high school athletes dream of being able to continue their athletic career at the Division I college level. This dream is a reality for basketball player Bria Shine (‘20), who is committed to play at the University of California, Davis. Only 1.1% of high school girls who play basketball make it to this prestigious […]
Most high school athletes dream of being able to continue their athletic career at the Division I college level. This dream is a reality for basketball player Bria Shine (‘20), who is committed to play at the University of California, Davis. Only 1.1% of high school girls who play basketball make it to this prestigious level. So how does one accomplish such an athletic and academic achievement?
The process of committing to play Division I basketball is as exciting as it is chaotic. The incredible amount of stress put on Bria was insane.
“Coaches called me at school, at all different hours, and texted me throughout the school day,” she says. “It took me a while to adjust to all the pressure and making sure to keep open lines of communication”.
The incessant phone calls were not even the most stressful part — it was choosing a school and at some point having to call all the coaches back and saying no.
“The hardest part of the recruiting process was calling the other schools that had been recruiting me and telling them that I had decided to commit elsewhere,” Bria says. “But I knew in the back of mind I had made the right decision choosing to pursue my athletic career at UC Davis.”
This process is a lot for one to undertake by themselves. Bria’s parents helped tremendously with everything.
“My parents were the most helpful,” the senior says. “Their encouragement, exceptional advice, and always making sure I was in stable environment is what helped me make the decision.”
So after the late night practices, traveling to far away games, going to trainers, and phone calls upon phone calls, it was time to pick the perfect school. So out of all schools, why did she pick UC Davis?
“I chose Davis because it is home — I just fell in love with all of it, the coaching staff and the welcoming team. I just felt like it was the right place for me. If I ever need to come home and raid my parents pantry or do laundry, I am only thirty minutes away. “
UC Davis is constantly overlooked by many people due to its proximity to CB. However, Bria saw its potential and decided it would be the perfect fit.
“I think that UC Davis is really underrated amongst the CB community and does not get the honor it deserves because it is so close,” Bria says with enthusiasm.
Bria had to look at all the factors that went into committing to a school. Yes, she was going to school for basketball, but she wanted to make sure it had her major, pre-med, before making the decision final.
“One of the last contributing factors for my decision was my education,” the scholar said. “Basketball will only carry through the five to six years while my education and career will last me the next 50-60 years.”
Although Bria is tremendously excited to be at UC Davis, she knows there will be challenges thrown her way. She’s going to make sure that she stays on top of her school work and show the coaches and teachers that she has an incredibly strong work ethic.
“I’m a good athlete,” Bria says. “I want to show my coaches and supporters that I deserve to be here, and that I have earned this.”
The talented athlete has many traits that make her a perfect fit for UC Davis. She is the hardest worker and ready to overcome anything that comes her way.
“I have an unstoppable mentality this year. I will work as hard as I need to achieve another section championship with sisters and hopefully make it state,” the dedicated Falcon says. “I’m willing to give everything I have for this team.”
But the main goal she is focusing on is proving that’s she’s ready to be Aggie.
“I deserve this. I worked hard for this. This is my time to show myself that all the work I put in has paid off.”