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MSU basketball star grew up on the gym court

Nacogdoches Miller | Staff Reporter | j.miller@moreheadstate.edu | Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 2:09 pm

Miranda Crockett is no stranger to Ohio Valley Conference’s (OVC) status, but ask the senior women’s basketball captain about her four OVC player of the week titles and she’ll give a modest smile and a laugh. 

“I don’t keep up with a lot of my stuff,” said Crockett. “People think I’m crazy, but I don’t keep up with stats or anything like that.” 

The daughter of a division one athlete, a natural feel for the game seems to run in her blood. 

“I just go out there and I play every night to the best of my abilities and whatever happens, happens,” said Crockett. 

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Miranda Crockett prepares with her team before the Morehead State women's basketball game against the Evansville Purple Aces Sunday December 2, 2018, at the Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Nacogdoches Miller. Nacogdoches MIller

The Morehead State University basketball star grew up on a gym court, where her mother coached in Martinsville, Virginia. 

 “I guess I just kind of fell in love with it from being in that atmosphere all my life,” said Crockett, who joined her first basketball team in the fifth-grade. 

She was recruited to MSU in 2015, by then assistant women’s basketball coach, Brittany Parker, while playing for Carlisle High School. 

 It was after an Armature Athletic Union game in Winston Salem, North Carolina when Crockett was approached by Parker.  

“Hey, I’m from Morehead State and we like the way you play, and we would like to get you a visit on campus,” recalled Crockett, who until then had never heard of MSU. “And that started the recruiting process.” 

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Miranda Crockett concentrates before the Morehead States women's basketball game against the Evansville Purple Aces on Sunday December 2, 2018, at the Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Nacogdoches Miller. Nacogdoches MIller

Off the court, Crocket is a self-proclaimed “nerd” with a love for DC’s “The Flash”, along with being a movie buff. 

“I’ve tried to dabble a little into screen writing,” said Crockett.  

The MSU senior will graduate in May 2019, but she is not sure where she will find herself just yet.  

“A lot of people want me to say I’m going to play basketball overseas,” said Crockett. “But I don’t know, my body’s a little tired and worn down so, it might be time to hang up the sneakers and get to work.” 

Head coach for the MSU’s women’s basketball team, Greg Todd spoke well of his time with Crockett.

“She’s a hard worker, probably one of the easiest kids I’ve ever coached,” said Todd. “You hate losing one of your best players of all time.” 

While she may leave her basketball career behind, she will be leaving with a major in convergent media and experience as a sports reporter for NewsCenter, MSU’s weekly live news broadcast. 

She said that what she’ll miss the most is the family-like support of her fellow players, “I will defiantly miss being part of a team,” said Crockett. “We’re like sisters, we’re like a unit, so I will miss that sisterhood.”

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MIranda Crockett prays with her team before the MSU women's basketball game against the Evansville Purple Aces on Sunday December 2, 2018, at the Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Nacogdoches Miller. Nacogdoches Miller