When Loyola University of Maryland started recruiting Jeneh Perry this summer for basketball, GPS coach Susan Crownover asked the senior if she was willing to go that far away to school. At that point, Perry wasn't sure.
One official visit changed her mind.
Perry signed with the Baltimore school in a Wednesday ceremony at GPS that also honored teammate Chadarryl Clay, who signed with Auburn University. Clay's commitment was reported in June.
The 6-foot Perry was a vital cog inside for the Bruisers a season ago, helping the team go 23-1 and win the Division II-AA state championship. She was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 8.5 points and eight rebounds in the two games held at Allen Arena in Nashville and helping GPS overcome a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Briarcrest Christian 55-50.
She plans to major in biology at Loyola, having earned GPS's biology award as a junior.
"When I went for my official visit, I loved everything about it," Perry said. "The head coach is a really cool guy that gets to know his players and teaches them; he's real personable. I also liked the team, so when I woke up Sunday morning, I knew that's where I wanted to go."
Loyola went 21-13 last season, falling to Virginia in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The win total was a school record.
Clay said she and Perry have been teammates since they were 11 years old.
"I'm going to miss her next season," Clay said. "We just have a great chemistry, and I know there's not a person on the court that knows me like her."
Said Crownover: "Jeneh's strength is her rebounding and her ability to run the floor. She's strong physically and a diamond in the rough as far as her offensive skills who has shown some flashes of brilliance.
"Loyola's getting a great student-athlete, and they're fortunate to be able to get her."