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More Than a Game Charity All-Star Game (copy) (copy)

Diamond Bragg created the inaugural More Than a Game Charity All-Star Game last season.

There are a lot of impressive athletes that stroll through Cumberland County every year.

Some of the best I’ve seen in the past five years have been Carlisle’s Deshawn Millington, Cumberland Valley’s Mady Clahane, Northern’s Marlee Starliper and East Pennsboro’s Onasis Neely. I’m leaving off many others, but only because this story would be twice the length if I didn’t.

But one of the most impressive was Camp Hill girls basketball standout Diamond Bragg. She’s now at Wisconsin, learning the Badgers’ system as a reserve point guard, averaging 1.1 points per game in nine minutes of action a night.

In the spring, the senior capped off a storied career with more than 1,700 points and her third District 3 title. The Lions were knocked out of the state tournament far earlier than expected, but Bragg impressed every step of the way.

But it wasn’t just the on-the-court performances that impressed.

She let me follow her one morning (far earlier than I’m used to) during her daily workout sessions lifting and shooting. I know a lot of high school athletes are dedicated physically, but the truly special ones go well beyond what anyone would consider normal.

And it was the same year she debuted the “More Than a Game” charity all-star basketball game, which was held in Harrisburg for the first time in the spring. Sure, many local athletes help out in their communities in some fashion, but you don’t often see a senior, who is weeks away from taking the leap to a major Division I program, develop something from scratch with their own personal touch.

Bragg was also supremely approachable and had a great attitude, win or lose. She knew her place in the Mid-Penn scene and beyond, and tried her best not to disappoint.

She was a genuine pleasure to cover for the past few years, and 2018’s story — at least in Cumberland County — would be incomplete without at least a chapter or two on her.

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Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520