Citing a desire to change her classroom experience, East Pennsboro star basketball player Sunshine McCrae will transfer to Trinity after the conclusion of this 2016-17 school year.
McCrae’s mother, Charity, tweeted the announcement Monday afternoon, and Sunshine confirmed the move to The Sentinel later Monday.
The 6-foot-2 forward, who’s already generating plenty of NCAA Division I interest, said she prefers the smaller classroom sizes and “the fact that you get the same teachers all year for your major subjects.”
“Now that I’m starting to think more about preparing for college, I thought Trinity was the better choice for me,” McCrae said.
On the court, McCrae is a standout post presence who this year averaged 16.3 points and 17.3 rebounds per game for the Panthers. She was just named an All-Sentinel first-team all-star this weekend.
Neither East Pennsboro (9-11) nor Trinity (4-18), both of whom participate in the Mid-Penn Capital Division, reached the playoffs this most recent season, and Bob Kelly’s Panthers swept the regular-season series from Kristi Britten’s Shamrocks.
But Trinity’s future, especially now, looks very promising despite the upcoming graduation of leading scorer Ashley Dean, a second-team All-Sentinel pick who averaged 14 points per game and will continue her career at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.
In addition to the team’s returning players and McCrae, there will also be an influx of middle school talent, several of whom just helped St. Theresa girls basketball out of New Cumberland win the program’s first CYO state championship since 1995.
That Saints team, which finished with a record of 32-5, featured three starters (Jaylin Moore, Gracie Britten and Natalie Levine) and a top reserve (Holland Chavey) who will be graduating to Trinity in the fall.
Britten’s Shamrocks have won just nine games over the last two seasons and will be seeking their first winning season since the 2014-15 team finished 14-11 and reached the PIAA playoffs.
“I don’t know too much about their team yet,” McCrae said, “but I’m looking forward to getting in the gym and training with these girls hard. My goal is to get to the Giant Center before I graduate.”
McCrae says she already has Division I offers from Saint Joseph’s and Hampton with high interest from roughly 20 other schools. She opens her AAU season with the Maryland Belles 2019 this weekend.