Point Park women sign Badgett from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
May 28, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Lincoln Park's Brittney Badgett has signed with Point Park women's basketball and head coach Tony Grenek (seated, left). Badgett is pictured with her grandfather (seated, right). Also pictured are the Lincoln Park boys' basketball coach Mike Bariski and superintendent Rebecca Manning.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University women's basketball and head coach Tony Grenek have signed Brittney Badgett, a 5-6 guard from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Badgett, who played on the boys' team at Lincoln Park because the school did not have a girls' team, will be a freshman with the Pioneers in the fall of 2013.
Badgett, from Midland, Pa., was a two-year member of the Lincoln Park boy's basketball team, which was one of the best Class A programs in the state the last two seasons. Lincoln Park was the PIAA runner-up in 2011-12 and reached the state semifinals in 2012-13.
"We are very excited to sign Brittney Badgett," said coach Grenek. "She competed against some of the top boys' basketball players in the WPIAL and the state of Pennsylvania day in and day out in practice at Lincoln Park. She's a great kid, a great student, and a solid athlete with a ton of potential. We are very anxious to see how she will develop as a player here at Point Park University."
Badgett started for the Lincoln Park boy's junior varsity team for two years with averages of 6.0 points and 3.0 assists per game. She played for the boys' varsity team on Senior Day and recorded six points and two assists in six minutes of action.
Badgett is a high-honor roll student with a 3.8 GPA. She plans to major in mechanical engineering at Point Park. Badgett started her high school basketball career at Beaver Falls before transferring to Lincoln Park for her final two seasons.
Badgett was coached in high school by Mike Bariski, the boys' basketball coach and athletic director at Lincoln Park. In a scholarship-signing assembly at Lincoln Park on May 21, Bariski had this to say about Badgett:
"The first day Brittney was in practice with us, she takes a charge on 6-10 Devontae Watson, who is now at Temple," said Barisiki. "From that point on, she's been a great kid to have around. She's done everything we've asked and then some and was even at some workouts that the boy's didn't come to.
"It says a lot about Brittney that she has earned a college scholarship in women's basketball, a sport that she didn't play in high school. I said in the recruiting process that whoever gets her will have a really nice find in a year or two."