Less than 16 hours into the official opening of the high school signing period Wednesday, Nov. 9, Chaminade Julienne senior Raytea Long inked her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Commodores of Vanderbilt University.
As part of her commitment, Long will receive a full athletic grant to cover all tuition costs at the university located in Tennessee’s capital city, where she plans to study chemical engineering.
“Vanderbilt was just a perfect fit for me. The location, the academics, and the basketball program all felt right,” Long said.
Long will join the Commodores of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), a NCAA Division I powerhouse, following her final campaign at CJ in 2011-12. Throughout her three varsity seasons, the 6-foot senior has been a major interior presence for the Eagles. She has twice been named first team all-league, earned Ohio Division II Southwest all-district special mention honors as a junior, and helped lead CJ to three consecutive seasons atop the GGCL Grey North – including an outright league title and a regional finals appearance in 2010.
“I’m very excited and anxious, and I want to thank all those who have supported me along the way,” Long said, making special reference to the love shown by her teammates, coaches and parents. Raytea resides in Dayton with her father Kevin Long and mother Rachel Thompson (pictured above).
The Eagles basketball season, under first-year head coach Mandy Myers (pictured below), opens on the road Saturday, November 26 against Wilmington at 2:30 p.m.
“Our goals this year are to get past the regional finals, improve on our weaknesses and keep getting better as a team,” Long said.