NEGR - Northeast Girls Recruiting

Friday Feature: Cara McCormack

To kick off the Fall, we are continuing our Friday Feature’s. These Friday Features showcase some of the Class of 2020 committed players. Our goal with these is to give a glimpse into committed senior’s basketball journeys and their thinking throughout the college recruiting process to share with other aspiring college basketball players.
 
In this week’s Friday Feature, we interviewed Cara McCormack. She gives her perspective into her overall recruiting process with thoughtful responses and insight. We also got a chance to hear from her Lightning coach, Greg Flynn.
 
Enjoy this week’s Friday Feature with Holy Cross commit, Cara McCormack!

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Cara McCormack, Class of  2020, 5’5, Pos: PG, St John the Baptist/Long Island Lightning, COMMITTED TO: HOLY CROSS

 
When did you first start playing basketball?
When I was in 2nd grade in the local CYO league.
 
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools that showed interest in you?
It was very exciting to know that schools were interested in my game. I received offers from Wagner, Mercy College and NYIT.
 
Did your family, friends, etc. play a role in your decision and how so?
My parents, they were very supportive and help me carefully evaluate all my options. 
 
Tell us a little bit about your high school and AAU experience and how both played a role in your decision.
Both high school and AAU challenged me to keep improving on my skills and to keep getting better.It made me realize that I want to keep being challenged and Holy Cross will help me with that.
 
In the end, why did you choose Holy Cross?
For a great education where I’ll be able to continue my basketball career. I really liked all of the coaches there and they made me feel welcome.
 
What are you most looking forward to at Holy Cross?
I’m looking forward to playing against better competition.
 
What is your favorite memory playing basketball growing up?
Having my dad coach me and making memories that we are still able to look at and laugh about.
 
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About the recruiting process, on and off the court, etc.)
Remember to remain humble throughout the recruiting process, and to keep the same work ethic. If you’re looking to play at the next level make sure you work hard in the classroom as well because education is a very valuable thing.
 
How will your high school team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
We will have everyone returning except our lone senior last year. My goals entering this season is to win another CHSAA championship and get back to the Catholic School State Championship game and come home with a win.
 
What are you most excited for in your senior year? 
Spending my last year of high school with my friends and really cherishing every last
 

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Now hear from the Lightning Head Coach, Greg Flynn, on what he had to say about Cara!
 
 
I first saw her play in 8th grade on our national team. I was not the coach yet. I took over the team in 10th grade. I knew she was an exceptional player. She was super intelligent on the court even back then.
 
The best thing about coaching her is her ability to make others better and to see one play ahead of everyone else. Cara and I had a good relationship. She was great at accomplishing things I asked her to do. She also was very strongly behind me when I took over the team and that helped our team to transition coaches quickly. She sets a great example for her teammates. 
 
I think she will be very good at Holy Cross. She is a hard worker and will do what is necessary to succeed at that level. She is an exciting player so I think she will be interesting to watch.