June 19, 2013 - Patrice Matthews took the next step in her athletic and academic career as she signed her letter of intent in May.
Patrice Matthews, center front, signs her letter to join Kellogg Community College surrounded by family and coaches. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
She selected Kellogg Community College to continue playing basketball and become a Bruin.
"I like the school, coach and the whole atmosphere," said the 2013 Clarkston High School graduate about her decision.
"She'll do a great job for us coming in," said Kyle Klingaman, head coach for the women's basketball team. "She's a really solid young lady who will help us on the inside and outside game, especially outside. She does a nice job on the perimeter shot and defends very well."
Matthews will study Early Childhood and plans to become a preschool teacher after finishing her degree.
"I like interacting with the kids," she added.
Matthews has had practice by being one of the coaches during the Dare to Dream basketball camp the Lady Wolves hold every summer for girls in third through ninth grade.
She added playing for the Lady Wolves Basketball program has prepared her for the next step with their leadership and team bonding.
Matthews began playing basketball when she was five-years-old.
"When I was younger I always had a basketball in my hand," she explained. "I just continued playing."
She was named Most Improved Player during her senior year. She scored her game high of 16 points during the season and averaged six assists.
Matthews finished the season helping the Lady Wolves to a 22-2 overall record, winning their third consecutive district championship and winning their second consecutive OAA Red title.
Her advice for aspiring athletes is to keep playing.
"Practice makes perfect," Matthews said.
Kellogg Community College is part of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association - Western Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) - Region 12.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.