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Vincentian Academy’s Wise inks with Pitt

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| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:18 p.m
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Cranberry resident and star center for the Vincentian Academy Royals Brenna Wise will attend the University of Pittsburgh next fall.

If a solid resume is what it takes to get into the college of your choice, it is no wonder Vincentian’s Brenna Wise was able to sign her national letter of intent last week to attend Pitt.

Three WPIAL championships, one PIAA runner-up and a PIAA title are just the greatest hits for the senior who has yet to tip off her final high school season.

“To say I am excited is an understatement,” Wise said. “I am anxious for the opportunity to continue my education and (play) basketball for my hometown team. It is an incredible opportunity I thank God for every day.”

While Pitt was her first choice by a landslide, Wise went through the recruiting process to ensure her intuition was correct.

“I am big on loyalty, and I had the feeling all along Pitt was the one,” Wise said. “They believed in me, and they have an incredible coach and I can only learn and improve there.”

The location of the school also had a bearing on her decision as Wise is a family-oriented individual. Being able to play in front of her family on a regular basis had a great deal of appeal for her.

“I am incredibly close with my dad, my step-mom Lisa. I just have so much support,” Wise said. “Pitt also has a exceptional business (school) options. It was the perfect combination of academics and athletics.”

While the signing comes as a bit of relief, there is no time to rest for one of the WPIAL’s most dominant players. Capturing a fourth consecutive WPIAL crown is a priority, and Wise wants to defend the state championship, as well.

“There is no time to relax,” she said. “Run, condition, and lift. Not a day has gone by where I have not picked up a basketball.”

Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief was a rock for his star player during the recruiting process. He remained unbiased.

“Pitt is a good choice, and close to home so the local fans can follow her,” Moncrief said. “The ACC is a tough conferenceand Brenna wants to play against the best. Suzie McConnell-Serio is great and she will give Brenna the chance to grow. It is a great fit.”

“Ron kept telling me to go where my heart takes me,” Wise said. “He was helpful and taught me a lot of lessons along the way. He helped make the decision easy.”

With the decision seemingly made before the process started, Wise said she didn’t want to have a “what if” moment. So she explored all options before following her heart to Pitt.

“It was quite a process but fun to go through,” she said. “I am blessed, and I appreciate the journey. It was something I used to dream of.”

Moncrief said that Wise is more than a great player, and that Pitt also is getting an outstanding person.

“She is an amazing player in every aspect,” Moncrief said. “She is mature, confident and humble, and she works very hard. I think she will attract other great players to go to Pitt too and help turn the program around.

“I am happy for her. She worked hard to achieve this goal.”

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