Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ODU's Campbell plans to play closer to home

Brittany Campbell said she never got a chance to prove herself at Old Dominion.

The 6-3 sophomore center said coach Karen Barefoot told her during the middle of last season that her best option would be to find another team. Campbell said Barefoot told her she did not fit into ODU's system for the 2012-2013 season.

"I was surprised," Campbell said Wednesday. "The whole time she had been telling me I was doing everything right. I never got the chance to show what I could do."

Campbell and redshirt senior Jo Guilford will not return as Lady Monarchs next season. Guilford will play her final season at Hampton.

To say that Campbell, recruited by former ODU coach Wendy Larry, has played sparingly would be an understatement. In two years she has been on the floor a total of 41 minutes, scoring 6 points. That included five games during an injury-plagued freshman season when she spent much of the time in a boot. Campbell was healthy this year, but ineligible during the fall due to academic issues. As a sophomore, she played in 4 games for all of 13 minutes.

Still, Campbell said she loves ODU and her teammates. "I thought it was a perfect fit," she said.

Campbell said she is weighing options from two schools: Chicago State, which finished 6-24 last season, and Division II Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn (one hour north of Knoxville). The Railsplitters finished 14-13 last season.

"As far as transferring, I want to be closer to home," said Campbell, who is from Indianapolis.

Campbell said she will decide in early May. Barefoot said she is happy that Campbell will be able to play for another program.

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