Jerome sets sights on Notre Dame

Jerome Graham-Record is now pursuing his basketball dreams in Ohio.

The George Town native has transferred to Notre Dame College in South Euclid this summer. The 6ft 8in forward is expected to start classes for the 2011 Fall semester in the coming days.

Graham-Record, 21, had previously been attending Weber State University in Utah, which has a division one National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball programme.

The son of Ansel and Ann Graham-Record, who is some 232 pounds, states the decision is centred around his future in the sport.

“I got accepted into Notre Dame and I am in the middle of talking to the coach about my NCAA eligibility,” Graham-Record said. “I am expected to play full-time this season.

“Making the transition makes me feel more adaptive, in other words, it is preparing me for the future ahead of me. I am going as far as basketball can take me. Like every other basketballer, I do not know what the future will bring me. It is up to me to put in the work if I want to go to the next level.”

For the record Notre Dame is a Catholic school that competes in the American Mideast Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Falcons play NCAA division one, two and three schools and has the second-most athletic teams (23) in the state of Ohio (only Ohio State University has more with 33 squads).

News of the transfer comes after a relatively busy summer for Graham-Record. He spent part of his summer in Cayman gearing up for two international competitions. He would be part of the men’s national basketball team, alongside Deandre Simpson, which competed at the 2011 Island Games in the Isle of Wight and the Caribbean Basketball Confederation senior men’s championship in Nassau, Bahamas.

Interestingly it was not the first time Graham-Record played for a national team. He played for a US youth basketball squad in Foligno, Italy two years ago that side won all of its games.

Graham-Record states this year’s tournaments were an eye-opener.

“This being my very first time playing on the Cayman national team, the Island Games and the CBC have brought good experiences for me, especially the CBC tournament which I will capitalize on for the future ahead of me. The national team experience is a whole different ball game from the international experience that I had two years ago over in Italy with the US select team.”

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