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Jeannie Boehm Following A Family Tradition

  • Date:
    Jul 3, 2016

Bouncing basketballs can be heard once again at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the 2016 Women’s U18 National Team has resumed training for the 2016 FIBA Americas Women’s U18 Championship that will be held July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile.

In a matter of weeks after returning home from Chile, six of the USA’s 12 players will begin their collegiate careers. One player in particular will begin an endeavor that will be as tough of a task academically as it will be on the court.

Jeannie Boehm (New Trier H.S./Winnetka, Ill.) will head to Harvard University as just the third McDonald’s All-American to attend an Ivy League School.

Take a look at her family tree, and it is no surprise where she gets ‘it’ from to have the credentials to head to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Boehm’s grandfather played basketball at Boston College and her uncle played football at Yale. The Harvard connection comes from her parents, who both went to Harvard Business School.

Boehm’s four older brothers all participated at the division one level. Mike rowed for Bucknell, Peter played basketball at Harvard, Jack played baseball at Bucknell and Connor played basketball at Dartmouth.

If it is beneficial to receive first-hand advice before attending an institution of higher education that has produced multiple U.S. Presidents, then Boehm has an inside track on what awaits.

“They’ve (her brothers) lent some advice about what to expect, but that still doesn’t mean I’m not a little nervous,” Boehm admitted. “They’ve all been really helpful because I got to watch them go through the process and then talk to them more about being such a high level of an athlete and a student.”

For someone who has accomplished more in the last calendar year on and off the court than many hope to accomplish throughout an entire career, the 6-foot-3 forward knows how to handle the pressure.

In 2016, Boehm was named USA Today All-Illinois First Team after leading New Trier High School one game shy of playing for a sectional championship. It is a prestigious list of accomplishments the aforementioned McDonald’s High School All-American and member of the USA U18 National Team has compiled in the last six months.

“If someone would have told me at the beginning of my senior year that I would have been able to make this team on top of being a McDonald’s All-American Team, I wouldn’t have believed them,” Boehm said. “Just knowing I’ve worked this hard to get a lot better is a big enough accomplishment for me.”

While collegiate programs lined up for Boehm’s services, that sort of pressure does not seem to bother her pursuit of being an exemplary student-athlete.

“Academics are really important to me and it (Harvard) obviously has that element,” Boehm added. “Another big part of it was how I felt at home with the coaches and the team.”

Before coming back to the United States Olympic Training Center and resuming training on Saturday, the soon-to-be Crimson forward went on family trips to Europe, and attended a basketball camp at Harvard for three days.

As expected, she is excited about the opportunity of possibly capturing a gold medal for the USA this summer before the collegiate portion of her career begins.

“I think we’re all really excited to be back with each other,” Boehm said. “There’s certainly a lot of good things to take away from today with a lot of things to work on as well.”

For someone whose ultimate goal is to be a Rhodes Scholar, she seems poised to be a vital part of this USA U18 team adding to the all-time 48-2 record on the FIBA Americas stage.

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