Sekya Campbell (’22) is a rising star on the women’s basketball team at Drew, having now started 14 of the team’s 22 games in her second year. Adding on to her breakout season, Campbell was recently named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds in one week. A day later, the sophomore garnered two additional honors with spots on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Weekly Honor Roll.
Drew’s excellent basketball program and great academics brought Sekya to Drew as she excels as a guard on the court and a business major in the classroom. Campbell said “one of my biggest challenges while being a student-athlete is managing my time,” Which is understandable as she enjoys being part of the school’s orchestra and the black student union.
Last season, Sekya went through a bad ACL injury and spent more time in physical therapy than on the court, having played in only nine games. Thinking back on her injury and how far she has come since Campbell explained, “I’ve come so far and that experience has made myself grow stronger and confident this year.” After seeing her teammate go through a season ending injury, Brooke Timinski (’22) expressed how lucky and proud she is to have Campbell as a teammate saying, “Sekya has worked to get back after her ACL injury and is one of the most hardworking people on the team.” It shows that Campbell’s teammates look up to her with Brooke adding, “She always pushes everyone to be their best every day, on and off the court.”
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One of Campbell’s personal goals this year was to get faster and stronger so she wouldn’t have to sit through another season injured. She worked especially hard in physical therapy, building up her strength, while also perfecting certain parts of her game. When asked about her team goal Campbell could not pick just one, saying shes “wants to make playoffs, win the conference, and eventually the whole NCAA DIII tournament!”
In her short time in The Forest thus far, Sekya described her favorite moment being the team bonding they did before the season started and going to Funplex in East Hanover. While Campbell continues to get stronger individually and build team chemistry, she does think about the future. Once she graduates Sekya would like to work in sports marketing or sports management!
Her parting words for the Drew community were, “Come to our home games, especially the big ones! We need all the support.” So as Sekya said, head on out to their next home game, Feb. 19 at 7p.m. against Landmark Conference opponent, Scranton!