Truman's Lytes Signs to Continue Basketball Career at Philly U

 On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Harry S Truman senior Sabria Lytes was recognized for signing a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Philadelphia University. Check back for photos of the signing.

Sabria Lytes – Philadelphia University (Basketball)

Major:  Law and Society

Final list of colleges:  Philadelphia University, Harcum, Columbus State (Georgia), North Carolina Central, East Stroudsburg

Reasons for choosing Philly U:  “Philly U was good because it’s not that far from home. I have a really good support system, so they’ll be able to come to my games. If it was far, they wouldn’t be able to do that. It was my choice because I felt I could be better academically and athletically.”

What was the progression that led you to playing basketball at the collegiate level?  “Ninth grade was the first time I played on an actual team. I played basketball before, but I didn’t start playing until ninth grade at Northeast. When I came here in 10th grade, the coaches really wanted me to get better. Because I was really tall, everywhere I went people said, ‘Are you going to college for basketball?’ I was like, ‘No.’ I didn’t start getting better until 10th grade working with coach Collette and coach Donnie.
“I didn’t really watch college basketball until I came here, and when I was watching with my friends, I was like, ‘Wow, I want to be that girl on TV.’ Everyone was cheering for them, wearing their jersey, and I was like, ‘I want to be that girl.’ That’s when I had my mind set on going to the University of South Carolina and being a Gamecock.
“This is really exciting because I’m going to school for free. I’m close to home, my family is going to watch my games, I’m playing basketball. I’m doing everything I want to do.”

Coach Collette Munford says:  “Sabria has only been playing (competitive) basketball for three years. When she came to us, she didn’t know anything – she’ll tell you that, but she worked hard every year and improved every year. She could have scored a thousand points in three years, but she was late in the game.
“Philly U is going to get a diamond in the rough because she’s going to learn more and improve more, and on top of that, she’s super smart in the classroom. It’s a combination – she wants to learn, she’s willing to learn, she wants to get better on the court. They got a gem just like we got a gem three years ago. Yes, she can be a little feisty, but all girls are like that. At the end of the day, she’s a great girl.”

About Sabria:
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Favorite movie:  Love and Basketball
Favorite music:  Hip Hop and R&B