Alexa Gramann’s dream has come true as she signed with King University on Tuesday morning to continue her academics and basketball career.
The star forward of Jefferson County’s girls’ basketball program will go from representing the Lady Patriots on the hardwood to representing the Lady Tornado next winter after she inked her National Letter of Intent.
“This has been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember,” Gramann said. “I knew if I put all of my focus in my high school basketball career, that, hopefully, the college process would take care of itself. I’m really glad to be able to go play at King and earn this kind of opportunity.”
Gramann shared the special day with her family, friends and coaches who have been there from the start of her basketball journey.
“For these people to be here with me means so much to me and I can see that it means a lot to them as well,” she said.
Gramann played all four years of her high school basketball career for Jefferson County, with her first three years being under former head coach Rick Sinard and her senior year under current head coach Jeremy Byrd.
Throughout her high school career, Byrd has coached against Gramann and has been her coach. He has seen the hard work she has put in on and off the court to accomplish this goal.
“King is getting an outstanding player,” Byrd said. “Obviously, King knows what Alexa has on the court. Off the court, though, she will be ready to put in the work. She will be at the gym anytime the doors are open whether it be workouts, film studies, practices or games. I think she will make her team better even as a freshman in college.”
Gramann was selected to the Citizen Tribune’s All-Lakeway team her junior and senior years. She also earned a spot on the All-District team in District 2-AAA both of those years, as well as earning an All-District Tournament nod this last season.
“I have really learned how to be more of a leader my senior season,” she said. “Jefferson County has helped me develop as a basketball player. I feel like me being aggressive on offense and defense helped me stand out. That’s the kind of player I am.”
She averaged just over 17 points per game her senior season.
Gramann understands the high school level compared to the collegiate level is a totally different ball game, and that’s why she wants to continue to improve her game.
“The collegiate level is a whole different game compared to high school,” she said. “I have to get into the weight room and practice every chance I get to prepare myself for the next level.”
She will be stepping foot onto King’s campus next fall looking to find a major that will lead her in the direction of being an occupational therapist in the future.