ROCKLAND, Maine (WABI) – Oceanside freshman Bailey Breen received an offer of a Maine college basketball scholarship before even stepping onto college ground as a high school student.
She said she started taking the game very seriously during her sixth-year season with her AAU team, the Saco Maine Firecrackers.
She bought into the intensity of the games and enjoyed having early successes, and now she has the opportunity to join the Black Bears with a skill set that translates to college level.
“It feels really good. It’s good to know that the work pays off, becomes noticeable, and that they are all confident in what I can do and how it will translate in the future. For example, I think about my inside game, my post movements, my versatility to shoot all three and to reach the basket, âsaid Breen, forward.
Breen said she was only 14 and still had plenty of time to decide where she wanted to play her varsity ball.
She is grateful to her teammates, coaches and family who have helped her grow into the player she is today, adding that the positivity on the pitch is huge to maintain energy and production.
Breen said she was surprised at the initial offer from Maine head coach Amy Vachon.
âI was visiting there in August. We had pretty much open communication. She went to my game in Greely. I thought it would be a regular phone call, but it turns out she offered me a scholarship. I think she saw my hard work, how it has enabled me to be successful so far, and if I keep working, how successful I could be and the potential that I have, âsaid Breen.
Breen concluded the offer is a sign of that potential, but she must continue to work over the years with the Mariners and Firecrackers.
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