Faith LeGate, one of the key players in Christ Presbyterian Academy’s run to the girls state championship last March, has committed to play basketball at Lipscomb University.
LeGate, daughter of CPA head coach Becky LeGate, is a multiple position player, having played everywhere from shooting guard to post.
“When I took my visits to Lipscomb, I found I loved every part of the school,” the 6-foot LeGate said. “Also, my best friend [former CPA teammate] Mallory Charpentier is over there as a freshman. She came in as a walk-on, and I’m very excited to join her. She’s been on the phone constantly over the past few weeks, encouraging me to come there. The fact we’ll be teammates will make it even better.”
LeGate settled on her decision Monday night. She declined to name other schools that had shown interest.
The decision might come as an eye-opener to some as both her father Kevin, the athletics business manager at CPA, and mother Becky were standouts players at rival Belmont. Kevin graduated in 1986 and Becky finished in 1990.
“I’ve gotten to know [Lipscomb] coach [Greg] Brown and assistant coach [John] Wild and they are both very good coaches,’’ Faith LeGate said. “I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with them.”
As a junior she averaged about 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Lions, who finished 36-3 and defeated three top 10 opponents in the Class AA state tournament.
“I’m very excited for Faith, because this is where she wants to be and where she will be happy,” Becky LeGate said. “And I want people to know that Kevin and I love Belmont and we have so many friends there. This was strictly about Faith and her decision, where she wanted to go and where she felt happiest, and we support her 100 percent. She liked the coaches and everything about Lipscomb."
Faith LeGate said Lipscomb’s coaches envision her as a post or small forward in their system.
“I’ll be happy to play any place they want me and that can help the team,” she said.
“I’m just glad to have this behind me before the season starts, and I can concentrate just on our basketball games.”
In June, CPA post player, Lauren Thompson, LeGate’s good friend and teammate, committed to Belmont, which means the two potentially could match up against one another after they conclude their run as teammates this winter.
“I don’t know what will happen,” LeGate said. “But I know we are very good friends and we will remain friends after the game is over.”