Thursday, May 3, 2012
Naz's Feagin to Cincinnati
By Matt Ehalt
It didn't take long for Cincinnati to win over Destini Feagin.
The Bearcats only started recruiting the Nazareth senior wing in late April during the live period. A little more than a week later, Feagin signed her national Letter of Intent with the Big East school, choosing it over Morehead State and Providence.
"The visit was great and it felt like family," Feagin said. "They're experienced coaches and Coach (Jamelle) Elliott was wonderful. She's awesome. She won six national titles at UConn. It's a great fit and I bonded with the girls from the start. The competition is the Big East, that's a challenge for me, and I feel I can play that level. Why not take it on?"
Feagin took an official visit to Cincinnati last weekend and officially decided on the Bearcats after returning home and thinking things over. The senior had received some phone calls here and there from Cincinnati, but their pursuit didn't pick up until they had her SAT scores, as she only recently took the test.
The wing played one season for Nazareth after transferring from Ben Davis (Ind.), describing it as a roller-coaster year. She started out the year ineligible, head coach Apache Paschall died in January and the school announced it was going to close during the middle of the season.
"It had its up and downs," she said of her year.
On the court, Feagin was one of the key players in helping guide Nazareth to the CHSAA Class AA crown. While in most games she played a complementary role to the other stars on the Lady Kingsmen, she had her share of big moments. Nazareth finished the season ranked No. 1 in New York City by ESPNNewYork.com.
"She had this defensive toughness and she's just a tough kid," Nazareth co-coach Ron Kelley said. "She's another scorer. She's got a great basketball body because she's super athletic. Down the stretch, she won some game for us with her great defense and her opportune shooting in big games."
Feagin is the third Nazareth senior to sign with a Big East school for next season. Brianna Butler is headed to Syracuse next season and Darius Faulk is going to West Virginia. While Syracuse will head to the ACC in 2014, the trio of teammates will be able to have some battles.
"I think Apache would be very proud and he envisioned the best places for us to all go," Feagin said. "I think we're all happy and excited that we have the chance to play against one another. We're anxious to see each other next year and it's pretty interesting"
Feagin was very close to her former coach, who she said told her that her time would finally come. The wing believes that time is finally here.
"I'm very excited and very happy," Feagin said. "I just feel the best is yet to come. I'm going to keep working and I already have started and I can only do bigger and better things as I continue to move forward."