She already has two Tennessee state girls’ basketball championship rings and wouldn’t mind adding a third on her finger this coming March, but Wednesday Lauren Gross’ fingers were busy signing a national letter of intent to play Division I basketball at the University of North Florida.
The senior guard has been part of two TSSAA state titles the past two seasons and Gross will run the point this season as the Lady Trojans seek a “three-peat.”
“I definitely have room for a third (ring) and hopefully we can pull it off, join together and do what we have done in the past,” Gross said. “It’s going to be exciting to see what this year has in store.”
Gross announced back in June her commitment to North Florida, based in Jacksonville. The Ospreys play in the Atlantic Sun Conference under coach Darrick Gibbs, who is starting his third season with the program.
Last year’s team was 10-20 and Gibbs is 17-43 as a head coach at the school.
The Northpoint senior guard was one of four players to sign with North Florida on Wednesday.
“They’re looking to play a super-fast pace which is the way I like to play because that’s kind of like how we play here,” Gross said about her future basketball home. “I’m really looking forward to jumping in and being a part of their family.”
Northpoint coach Barry Gray said Gross has made a significant impact on his program for the last few years and expects a continued impact from her on this year’s team.
“The one thing that she immediately brought up as an eighth-grader was a perimeter shot that we absolutely needed at that time,” Gray said. “Lauren was on the floor from the beginning, the middle of her eighth-grade year and her shot has consistently improved over the years.”
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.