West Stokes exchange student Eugenia Marcelli will extend her stay in the United States next season and play basketball for Winston-Salem State University after she signed her national letter of intent on Thursday.
“It’s a dream come true,” the athlete said. “I’ve always wanted to play in the states. It’s very exciting for me and my family. Mr. (Kevin) Spainhour and West Stokes have worked hard to give me the opportunity to graduate and follow my dreams and coach (Dillon) Bobbitt has found colleges that I was interested in. They have made me feel at home and part of their family. I have grown as an athlete and person. I just want to say thank you to them my host family (Greg and Karla Cromer) for everything they have done.”
Marcelli helped the Lady Wildcats rebound from a five win season last year to winning 12 games this year. She averaged 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals a game while finishing all-conference in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference. She also played varsity soccer and helped her team make it to the second round of the state playoffs before being eliminated.
“I’m extremely happy for Eugenia,” Bobbitt said. “No one deserves a chance to continue their love and passion for the game of basketball more than she does. She has helped start a culture of change for our West Stokes basketball program, but more importantly she has showed the school and program what it means to be a student athlete. I know Eugenia will continue to get better and seek success.”
Marcelli is originally from Rome, Italy and has been with the Cromer family since the beginning of the school year.
“It’s been a really good experience for our family and I think Eugenia too,” said Greg Cromer. “She fit right in and she is one of us now. My wife Karla is a Winston-Salem State alumnus and we feel it is a good fit for her. Her parents (Edoardo Marcelli and Donatella Gilli) like the idea of her still being close to us and know we will continue to help her any way we can.”
While attending WSSU, Eugenia will major in biology with a concentration in biotechnology.
Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The University is an accredited university offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in NCAA Division II.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.