Bailey Clark, Senior Writer

Harper Vick, a veteran guard on the GC women’s basketball team, reached the 1,000-point milestone Saturday Feb. 12 when the Bobcats took on Georgia Southwestern. The redshirt junior has put together a very impressive resume throughout her tenure at GC.

Vick has been putting in serious work since the 2018-19 season, when she played in 29 games under Coach Mo Smith as a freshman. That spring, she notched 72 assists, the most she has recorded in a season thus far. Vick also netted 131 points, averaging 4.5 points per game. As a rookie, her game-high in points was 13, and she mustered four double-digit scoring games during the season.

In her sophomore season, Vick transformed her game and took a big leap forward.. She started in all 28 games that season, playing 864 minutes total. This season marked a transitional period for the program as head coach Ross Jolly came on board, as well as assistant coach Jordan Kyles. Vick has since flourished under the leadership of Jolly.

In her second year, she more-than-tripled her freshman scoring total, netting 398 points. She put up 14.2 points per game during her sophomore campaign. Vick shot 75.8% from the charity stripe, also improving upon her freshman year percentage of 68.9%. She even poured in a new career-high 29 points in a conference matchup with Augusta.

Vick is a multifaceted athlete who has done nothing but grow since coming to GC. She has been able to adapt to change in the coaching staff, as well as excel and persevere through protocol changes due to COVID-19.

Vick continued to play dominant basketball in her junior season as she set another career-high of 34 points in a single game, which she accomplished on the road. In her 14 games played and 12 starts, she banked 209 points and averaged 14.9 points per game. Vick shot 80% from the charity stripe, only missing 10 free throws all season. If her junior season had not been shortened, she would have been on track to score close to 400 points.

This season, Vick has nabbed 110 rebounds, 72 of them offensive. She has played in 23 games this season, starting in every one. She continues to lead the team as one of two veterans on the roster. The talented guard is averaging 12.5 points per game so far this year.

“When I came in as a freshman, the offense we ran was more based on post and off-ball scoring,” Vick said. “As a point guard, I just didn’t get as many opportunities to score, and I didn’t have as many opportunities. Then Coach Jolly came in and moved me to the off-ball position, and in his offense, the off-ball guard on the wing has a lot of plays drawn up for them, so being in that position gives me great opportunities to score.”

Vick also worked this past offseason with a trainer as she continues to grind and work on her game. She focused specifically on shooting and agility to better prepare for the season. Vick says she feels that her offseason habits play into her in-season success.