Bishop’s Nieters commits to Harvard
Cameron Nieters felt at home at Harvard the moment she stepped foot on the historic campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Beginning in 2014, the Bishop McGuinness basketball standout plans to call the prestigious Ivy League school home.
Nieters, a rising senior forward for the Villains, verbally committed to Harvard on Wednesday.
“Harvard began recruiting me during my freshman year (at Bishop),” recalled Nieters, the daughter of Barbara and Mark. “It’s always been at the top of my list and it feels good to be able to make this choice. I’m really excited.”
Bishop McGuinness head coach Brian Robinson knew Harvard caught Nieters’ fancy when she made her first campus visit in 2011.
“Two years ago, I accompanied Cameron, her mom and her sister on a trip to Harvard,” Robinson said by telephone from Mexico on Thursday, where he is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. girls Under-16 national team in the FIBA Americas tournament. “She fell in love with the place and I told her two weeks ago that this is more of a life decision than a basketball decision. A degree from Harvard is a wonderful tool for life after basketball. This will help her for the rest of her life.”
Nieters, who also considered Princeton, says her visits to Harvard made her decision easy.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling when I saw the campus,” she said. “When I visited again last fall, the leaves were changing and you could see Boston from the campus. It was just beautiful.
“Plus, the coaches and players were great to me. It just clicked.”
Things have clicked for Nieters so far at Bishop. A three-year varsity performer, Nieters helped the Villains capture three NCHSAA 1A state championships.
Nieters averaged 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds as a junior. She also blocked a team-high 28 shots and recorded 1.7 steals per game.
As a sophomore, Nieters averaged 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
“Cameron’s versatility is her biggest strength,” Robinson said. “She’s 6-1 and capable of shooting the 3-pointer as well as mixing it up inside. She set a school record with 28 charges drawn last season and I think the Harvard coaches were really impressed with her willingness to play tough and take one for the team.”
Nieters hopes to take Bishop to its state-record ninth consecutive 1A title this season.
Then she’ll be ready to head to Harvard.