CEDAR RAPIDS — Many have heard the phrase “if you dream it, you can do it.”
This sentiment applied to Cedar Rapids Xavier junior Caitlynn Daniels when her dreams came true after verbally committing to the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) on Oct. 1 to continue her academic and basketball careers.
The UAB Blazers, part of Conference USA, went 27-7 last season.
“Coach Norton and the staff really made me feel like I belonged there,” Daniels said. “I really liked the facilities, people and the fact it never snows. I have always had a goal of playing Division I basketball.”
Daniels had received other offers from Bradley, Loyola, Nebraska-Omaha, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois.
“It was not a super hard decision for me,” Daniels said. “After I went on my unofficial visit, I really felt like it was the place for me. I still wanted to check out other schools to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything better, but UAB felt like home.”
As a sophomore, Daniels averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, earning second-team all-state honors.
“Caitlynn can impact any team she plays on,” junior teammate Libby Arnold said. “She is such a hard worker and UAB is lucky to have her.”
Although Daniels picked her future home, she still looks forward for her time as a Saint.
“This season, I am looking forward to playing a new style and spending time with my teammates, on and off the court,” Daniels said.
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The girls’ basketball season officially started on Nov. 5. With the leadership of Daniels, the Saints are looking to have a successful season.
“A big goal for the season is to make it to state,” Arnold said. “Caitlynn is a great leader for our team. She helps us on and off the court with offense, defense and making us laugh.”
The Saints opened the season with a 61-47 road win over Davenport Assumption on Nov. 20 and host Decorah tonight at 7:30 p.m.