FORT WAYNE – Fremont’s Miranda White wasn’t focused on getting better this offseason.
Instead, she focused on her teammates.
White, who averaged 12 points and 9.1 rebounds en route to All-NECC honors last season, is the lone senior for Fremont.
She knew the Eagles’ success would revolve around a lot of new players. So she and sophomore Shea Rhonehouse, the team’s second-leading scorer with 11 points per game as a freshman, centered their summers on making Fremont’s newcomers feel welcome off the court and confident on it.
We had to definitely make some changes to a bunch of things because most of our team is sophomores and freshman, said White, who plans to play at Huntington on a basketball scholarship.
Through our summer games, we wanted to focus on them and make sure they got the ball and teach them how to make a move and different things – not really looking for us, but teaching them how to step up and be the offensive player. That way, it takes some of the defense off of us.
So maybe the move wasn’t all that unselfish. But it will pay dividends for all parties involved.
White, who is also a volleyball player, had to play some catch-up to get conditioned for basketball after the season.
But on her off days during the volleyball season, she made sure to be in the gym with her basketball teammates.
She couldn’t participate, but White wanted to make it clear she was there for her team and willing to help however she could.
Coach Neal Frantz admired that dedication.
She definitely has a sense of urgency. She wants to have a good year and play in college and just have a good year for the team, he said.
She’s a great person and a very good player. I definitely expect really good things for her this year.
The biggest concern for his team, Frantz said, is that every opponent knows White and Rhonehouse are the go-to scoring options. Developing players around them will determine whether Fremont becomes one of the teams to beat.
Having White as a stabilizer, someone who can coach from the floor and relate to the rest of the girls, has been invaluable.
Me and Shea both have strong personalities, so we really know what to see out there on the court and we’re able to talk with the underclassmen, White said. Me and Shea have learned to work really well together. One of our big things is that we’re trying to get to know everyone.
White also wants to develop a jump shot out to 15 feet this season and prep for her career at Huntington by diversifying her game, but she doesn’t want to be a one-girl show. She wants her team to win and have fun doing it.
That selfless mentality might turn a team of young players into a team of winning players. And it should help her improve on back-to-back All-NECC seasons, as well.
She works really hard, Frantz said. She’s relentless as a rebounder. She never gives up, and she’s got good skill around the basket area. Her positive attitude and her work ethic, as well as obviously her skill, kind of sets her apart.