Ashburn, VA (September 17, 2015) – Broad Run senior forward Jasmine Braswell has committed to play basketball for D1 Northeastern University beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“I made my decision to attend Northeastern to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and play Division I basketball after my September 14th visit, said Braswell. And though my recruiting experience was exciting, I am relieved that it is over and can now enjoy my Senior Year of High School knowing what college I will attend”
Northeastern is a private, research university whose campus is spread across 73 acres in the venerable college town of Boston–a city that’s steeped in American history and full of activities for students. The university features an international cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience. About 90 percent of Northeastern’s undergraduates complete at least one professional co-op during their college career. College Prowler gave Northeastern an “A+” rating for quality of classes, professors, and overall academic environment. The U.S. News & World Report ranks Northeastern #47 in the 2016 Best Colleges edition.
“I was fortunate to have over 30 athletic offers to choose from, but I chose Northeastern for the following reasons: the school has a strong program from physical therapy; NU offer’s a cooperative learning program where I can work in my field of study and gain real life experience while in college; NU plays in the very competitive Colonial Athletic Conference; my parents, family and friends will be able to see me play; and my Dad graduated and played basketball for NU as well.”
During her freshman year, Jasmine shared how she hurt her knee and some time had passed before she could return to playing basketball again. A great team of physical therapists helped her return to full strength, and it was that experience that inspired her to know what profession she wanted to pursue, and how she wanted to help people.
Braswell’s head basketball coach will be Kelly Cole. A coaching veteran with more than two decades of experience and three Sweet 16 appearances, Cole was named Northeastern women’s basketball head coach in June 2015. Cole arrived at Northeastern after two years as an assistant coach at Harvard University. An accomplished coach, she also spent nine seasons at Boston College, two years at Northwestern University, and 11 years at the high school level. In 13 seasons at the Division I level, Cole has made 11 trips to the postseason, including eight NCAA tournament berths and three Sweet 16 appearances.
Asked about her expectations going into her first year, Braswell shared, “I expect to work hard in the classroom and shoot for A’s. On the court, I expect to play hard in practice and earn minutes to help my team win some games.”
Despite her success in basketball, Jasmine’s first sport was golf. While playing in the Loudoun County Junior Golf league she won a golf tournament against boys and girls at age the age of 10. She also played in the United States Golf Association and won multiple medals in the process. Although, it was her AAU experience with the Maryland Lady Terps, Boo Williams and the Fairfax Stars where she grew a love for hoops and mapped out her current trajectory.
“Some of my fondest memories playing high school basketball were competing in tight games, draining a game winning buzzer beater, having the crowd go crazy when I block a shot, and seeing my team get excited over great play.”
“I am thankful for God, my parents, brother, family, friends, coaches, trainers and teachers for all the support they have given me along this path. When asked what advice she’d give others pursuing their dream, Jasmine shared, “Work hard on your sport and all your dreams will come true. All you hard work will be rewarded.”
Please join us in wishing Jasmine Braswell the very best in her success on the basketball court and in the classroom as she works towards a physical therapy degree from Northeastern University.