Beranda Felder will be making her college decision soon. She just wants to make sure it is the right one.
“I don’t want to go somewhere and be unhappy,” the Midwood forward said. “I want to make the right decision the first time.”
Felder is learning toward Manhattanvile, but is still considering Farmingdale State and even the possibility of going to a junior college. Last weekend, though, she went to the Deep South tournament in North Carolina with Team Mike Moore to get a few more looks from college coaches.
“It’s never too late,” Felder said.
This season she averaged 9.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per game for the Hornets. Midwood made it to the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals where it fell to eventual city runner-up John F. Kennedy. She scored six points and cleaned up the boards in Brooklyn’s rout of The Bronx at the Wheelchair Charities HS Basketball Classic at LIU on April 13.
The 5-foot-10 Felder though wants to escape that notion that she is just a power player and an undersized forward.
“Everybody knows that I am good down low, so it’s time to expand my game and show people I can handle the ball,” she said. “I can shoot the ball. It’s time to show people I can do it all. I don’t want to be in the middle. I want to be identified.”
It is also a description the befalls Boys & Girls forward Adanna David, Felder’s Brooklyn teammate at the Wheelchair Classic and rival during the regular season.
“I think of her as my image on the court,” the 5-foot-11 Kangaroos forward said of Felder.
Davis helped lead Boys & Girls by averaging 23.7 points and 17.5 rebounds per game, many times single-handedly keeping her team in the game and dominating in the paint. She scored 21 points in a loss to Midwood and had 36 points and 22 rebounds in a defeat at the hands of Thomas Jefferson this season.
“She wasn’t making it easy for me to just get rebounds and just go up,” Felder said of going against her. “She is a power player as well.”
David has narrowed her college choices down to Division I schools Southern University and Delaware State and Division II Southern Connecticut. She will be visiting Southern University this weekend. She has already been to the other two. Davis is being recruited as a small and power forward and believes she is versatile enough to play both.
“I just want to go to school and play ball and make the right decision,” she said.