Genesis Lightbourne was raised in Las Vegas. Next year she's on her way to the Heartland and she's excited about doing so.
Genesis Lightbourne was raised in
Las Vegas. So
why would a girl from Las Vegas ever in her
wildest dreams consider going to school in the state of Iowa?
"I like small towns. In my
basketball league now we play a lot of small towns. It's not like I'm not used
to it. It's not big deal to go to a small town. I think I'll like it more," said
Lightbourne is a 6'0 forward that
is one of the most athletic players ever recruited by Iowa State, according to Bill Fennelly.
Lightbourne has led her prep team to a pair of state tournament semi-final
appearances. Last season Genesis averaged 16.9 points and 7 rebounds a game
after her team moved from 2-A to 3-A.
Lightbourne is not only a standout
basketball player, but a track star as well. She's a former Nevada state triple jump
and high jump champion and was the runner up in the long jump and 100-meter
dash. Lightbourne also got scholarship offers in track from Brown University and Cornell. Lightbourne has
gone on record saying that she doesn't want to continue her track career in
college. In basketball she was considering Utah, San Jose
Francisco and Eastern Washington.
"I never thought I'd be playing
college basketball. I just went with it because being athletic opened up a lot
of opportunities. I just love playing sports," said
Lightbourne was discovered by
Iowa State at a tournament in Oregon where Bill
Fennelly saw her play. He's been after her ever since said Lightbourne.
Lightbourne said that Fennelly is one of the main reasons that she committed to
"He's more than just a coach. He's
kind of like a dad," said Lightbourne.
Like many recruits that commit
early, Lightbourne said that she's pleased with the fact that she knows where
she's going next season, and there's no pressure in her senior
"I'm glad that I committed early
because now I can focus on school and winning state. I'm really glad I committed
early," said Lightbourne.
Lightbourne visited Iowa State on November 11 and she loved every
minute of it.
"I'm looking forward to playing at
State. I like the family
atmosphere of Iowa
State. The team was really
friendly when I went there. The coaches were great," said
With track offers from Brown and
Cornell, you can imagine that Genesis is very bright in the classroom. She plans
on majoring in psychology and being a clinical psychologist when she gets older.
"Iowa State had great academics and basketball,"
Lightbourne joins a group of six
young ladies that will play at Iowa State and she said that even though the
group hasn't been formally introduced, they're still getting to know each other
over email and instant messenger.
Lightbourne's team is currently
9-1 on the season and they just went undefeated in one of the biggest
tournaments in Nevada. Genesis said that their goal is a
state championship and nothing short of it. Then it's onto ISU for the girl from