By Henry Chisholm
@NHRHenryC on Twitter
Foran senior point guard Teneya McLaughlin, a 2013 New Haven Register All-Area selection, committed to Division II Assumption College after being offered a full scholarship Thursday. The senior said she is glad to pick a school before the start of the regular-season.
“It’s a great feeling,” she said. “Everything I’ve worked for has paid off and I feel blessed that I could use my talents to get me through school.”
McLaughlin said Post University and a few other Division III schools were recruiting her. The senior said she chose Assumption because she felt comfortable on campus. However, she said she couldn’t have accomplished this without her parents.
“They gave me everything I needed to make sure that I was focused and they kept me on the right track,” she said. “They never cut me any slack.”
McLaughlin was also an All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection last season after leading the Lions to the state tournament and to the second round of the SCC tournament. Foran coach Scott Nails said he couldn’t be more proud of his point guard.
“I’m excited for her and her family,” the coach said. “Her family has been her biggest supporter, they raised her the right way. Good things are happening for her and she truly deserves it.”
Nails said McLaughlin is one of the hardest working players he’s coached in his 16 year career. McLaughlin ran cross country to keep herself in shape for basketball and played for the Connecticut Basketball Club, an AAU team, to continue to hone her skills in the summer.
“I’ve never had a better conditioned athlete on the boys or girls side,” he said. “She can play from the opening tip, guard your point guard 94 feet and get dressed and go run a mile after that. That’s the kind of shape she’s in.”
And McLaughlin is hoping to bring that same energy to the Lions this upcoming season. After a successful 2013 campaign, the senior said she is not worried about individual accolades, only getting the team back to the state playoffs.
“I want to get my team to states again, I put the pressure on myself for that,” she said.” As a senior, I need to lead them.”