Scholar Athlete: Hardaway’s Ebonee McCrory
Eight months ago, Ebonee McCrory was hurting.
"I was playing travel basketball and I had jumped up for a steal and came down wrong."
The result was an ACL injury. It’s something no athlete ever wants to suffer. But for McCrory, the injury was kind of a blessing in disguise.
"It really helped me as a person to get me stronger and see where I was in basketball," said McCrory.
The injury forced her to take a hard look at where she was at.
"I was determined to get back on the court and not let this injury stop me," McCrory said. "And I fulfilled that dream."
She’s a senior on the Hardaway Hawks women’s basketball team who may be stronger than she’s ever been. She’s a leader on the court and an asset to the team.
"She works hard," said assistant coach Shari Ellison. "I mean she continuously works. She’s in the weight room, she’s out on the track always running, just trying to make herself stronger each day."
And McCrory is just as important off the court. Her extra curricular activity list is through the roof. She’s a member of the beta club and the national Spanish honor society. She also runs track and is a part of the school’s marching band. It’s hard to imagine her holding down a 3.9 GPA, but she does.
"With parents that drive you to do better and coaches staying on you about your grades, you just want to do better as a person," she said. "You know, if you put your mind to it, you can do it."
It’s a motto she’ll keep with her after high school. While McCrory doesn’t know where she wants to go or if she’ll play any sports, she knows she wants to study physical therapy and help young athletes with injuries.
"The people at the Hughston Clinic, I saw that they loved their jobs and really liked what they do and made friends from that. So I wanted to do that and I always love something challenging so that’s why I picked that."