North Stokes Karley Jessup has always known she wanted to play college basketball and on Thursday, made it official by signing a letter of intent to play for Guilford College in Greensboro.
“Guilford seems to be the best fit for me,” Jessup said. “I really like the coaches and team and they have some really good programs in mathematics. Plus, the school is close to home.”
Jessup scored 1,099 points in her career for the Vikings and was Northwest 1A all-conference her junior and senior seasons. She was voted team MVP both years and led the conference in scoring (442 points) and points per game (17.7) during her senior campaign.
“Karley is the most dedicated young lady I’ve ever coached,” said North Stokes coach Scott Smith. “She strives to improve herself as well as her teammates. Karley has spent many hours in the gym and I’m happy she has been successful. Guilford is a perfect fit for her academically and athletically. The size of the school will help her adjust to college life and she’ll have the opportunity to contribute in the beginning of her college career.”
Jessup has played club basketball with the Winston-Salem Stealers since she was 11-years-old and has grown into a strong player, according to coach Brian Robinson.
“Karley always has a good attitude and does the important things to get better. She is a respectful player and works extremely hard. She has represented North Stokes and our club team very well. I think her decision to go to Guilford is great and she will fit in well there.”
Jessup is also a three time all-conference track star with a school record in the 800 meter and the 4×800 meter relay team and was a member of the 2017 state championship team at North.
Jessup is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, SADD Club, and holds a 4.1 GPA. She plans to major in accounting at Guilford with the possibility of a double major in forensic accounting.
She is the daughter of Brad and Terri Jessup and both believe Guilford College is the best place for her.
“Karley had over 20 different colleges looking at her from all divisions,” Jessup’s mother said. “Guilford is a nice fit. We’ve traveled and spoken to a lot of coaches and I feel they were honest and straight forward with us. They didn’t tell us that she was going to be an all-American her freshman year like the other schools did. They told us she had the potential, but it was up to her and how hard she wanted to work. Her father and I liked that. Guilford has always been one of her top three picks and we like the fact it’s close to home because we’re a tight knit family and Karley likes us to watch her play.”
Guilford College is a liberal arts college in Greensboro, North Carolina. Guilford competes as an NCAA Division III as an Old Dominion Athletic Conference member.
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