Local basketball star set to head to Chapel Hill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Since she picked up a basketball, Janelle Bailey has been giving it her all. And for the last three years, that's been at Providence Day.

"I try to be thankful for what I have," said Providence Day senior Janelle Bailey.  "There are a lot of people that don't get the opportunities that I had."

"Janelle has had an incredible journey," said Providence Day head coach Josh Springer. "She's been all-state for three years. One of her greatest strengths has been her determination."

That determination has helped lead the Chargers to three straight state titles. Now, after one more year in high school, she's taking her talents to play at The University of North Carolina. She picked the Heels after receiving close to 50 offers.

"At the end of the day as a coach, you just want each player and their family to find the best fit," said Springer.

"It has a historic basketball program and that's very satisfying," said Bailey.

Bailey will now get to play for a legend, Sylvia Hatchell. "I just wanted to play for her.  Just knowing the program so well makes me really happy," said Bailey.

"They're getting a well-rounded individual," said Springer.  "That's a huge credit to Janelle and the Providence Day community.  She's a true leader on campus."

The 6'3 center hopes to make her presence known right way when she hits the court in Chapel Hill.
"I'm very confident that I'll be able to make a big contribution to them," said Bailey.

"I think one of Janelle's greatest strengths is she believes she belongs on every court," said Springer.  "It won't surprise me at all if she makes an immediate impact for them."

Bailey and Providence Day began workouts leading towards their new season this week. 

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