Driskell was redshirting this season, her second with the Lady Bulldogs, because of a still unidentified heart condition. She did not rejoin the team after the Christmas holiday but said her decision was based only partly on health.
"It was for a lot of reasons," she said, declining to
just need time to get myself together."
Driskell said she plans to enroll at Georgia College "as soon as
possible" but has no immediate plans to play basketball there. She will
not return to the Lady Bulldogs, she said.
"I think she just wanted to get back closer to home," Coach
Landers said. "Did her health have something to do with that? I'd have
to be inside her head to know that."
Landers and Driskell both said it was entirely Driskell's decision to
leave. Landers said he felt Driskell was close to being cleared to
return to the court.
"He wanted me to play, but it wasn't about the coaches or the
Driskell said. "It was something I did for myself."
Driskell has had a series of medical tests, including some at the Mayo
Clinic in Minneapolis, to determine why she suffered heart problems and
a fainting spell that forced her to sit out last year's SEC Tournament.
She joined the Lady Bulldogs in 2002 after a standout career playing
for Anderson Bentley Jr. at Baldwin County High School. Driskell was a
three-time first-team All-Middle Georgia player and averaged 17 points,
13 rebounds, five assists and three steals as a senior. She was the
Class AAAAA state player of the year as a junior and senior and was
rated the nation's 26th overall prospect by the All-Star Girls
She played in 30 games as a freshman and averaged 6.4 points and 4.3
rebounds. Despite the premature end to her career, she said she's happy
she came to Georgia.
"I wouldn't trade it," she said.
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