NCAA regionals are a family affair

For her fifth birthday, Brittany Hrynko caught her mom off guard after she asked for a basketball as a gift. Jeanett Dancy said she knew that boys’ liked basketball, but was surprised to hear her young daughter had an interest in the sport.

Dancy said he daughter became obsessed with basketball and it was noticeable from early on that she was a talented player, as she was named the best girl’s player in the Public League this season.

On Saturday, Hrynko and her mother took in the Blue Demons’ NCAA Regional semi-final game with Duke at Temple’s Liacouras Center, which is just a short walk from Engineering and Science.

“We always imagined this would happen, we can’t wait for next year,” said Dancy, as Hrynko will join former Engineering and Science teammate and current DePaul forward Keisha Hampton at the Chicago University next season

In Hrynko's freshman season at E&S, she and Hampton helped the Engineers to their first league title since 1997, as Hampton was named the top girls’ player in the Public League in that 2008 season. She said she can start next year alongside Hampton for the Blue Demons as long as she “comes in and works really hard.”

Engineering and Science head coach David Hargrove said he has been in constant contact with Hampton, as the two talk twice a week. He said she loves everything about DePaul and especially the city of Chicago. Next season, Hargrove is looking forward to being able to follow two of his former players on the same team.

“I’m going to be busy. Every week, there’s going to be games on, whether it’s on TV or the internet. It should be fun,” Hargrove said.

Hrynko said she was close to going to South Carolina, before she visited DePaul and saw the nursing program the school offered. She plans to be a pediatrician and was told by Senior Sam Quigley that the program was very hands on. Having a former high school teammate certainly seemed to help the recurting process as well.

“She was always asking me ‘Are you coming here?’,” Hrynko said.