Clay City senior Cameron Gerber knows what it's like to help build a winning team at the high school level. Next season she hopes to be a part of building a successful basketball program at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN.
With the Eels, Gerber helped take a team that won just 10 games over her first two years of high school basketball but won six of their first seven games during her senior season. Despite a late losing streak that capped a nine win season, the Eels and Gerber were markedly improved over past seasons.
Gerber hopes to make the same contributions to a Grace College program that has struggled in recent seasons, but returns all five starters next year to a team that finished 5-22 under first year head coach Scott Blum.
"Cameron is very dedicated to the game and will bring a strong work ethic with her," Grace College head coach Scott Blum said. "She has the ability to score inside and outside and is able to aggressively rebound around the basket. I was also very impressed by her approach to off-season workouts and her desire to get better and be a part of our program."
Gerber received eight varsity letters at Clay City and was a team captain for the basketball team. She was named all-conference and all-county and received the Mental Attitude Award. She averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game during her final two years at Clay City.
The Lancers, who play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the rigorous Mid-Continent Conference that includes Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, St. Francis, Bethel, Marian, Huntington, Spring Arbor and Goshen along with Grace, play some of the top teams at the NAIA level each season. This year, the MCC boasts three teams ranked in the top-20, including third-ranked Indiana Wesleyan.
Gerber will join a talented inaugural recruiting class for Blum who was twice an NAIA All-American for the Grace men's team who went 59-11 during his two years following a two year stint at Valparaiso. Joining Gerber will be Northwood senior Lauren Zeltwanger, a 5'7 guard on a squad that will be competing in this weekend's semistate play. The Lancers will also be adding some size in 5'11 Southern Indiana transfer Amanda Downing and freshman Jade Janueski a 6'1 post player at Garrett High School.
Not only is Grace College getting a talented basketball player, but an excellent student as well.
Academically, Gerber is a scholar athlete and was named to the National Honor Society. She will receive the Academic Honors Diploma and plans to study pre-med at Grace.