When Hannah Noveroske was told about Xavier, she knew very little of the program.

In the summer after her junior year, the Michigan City post player took the opportunity to get to know the school and campus a little bit better when her Lady Gym Rats AAU team was in the Cincinnati area. That trip left a feeling that stuck with her.

Holding other Division I offers from California State Bakersfield and Western Michigan, the 6-foot-4 Noveroske decided to continue her athletic and academic career with the Musketeers of the Big East Conference, the team that offered her first.

"It was the first time a big D-I college wanted to be a part of my basketball life," Noveroske said. "I felt like it was home when I was there and that was the feeling I wanted. When I walked on campus, I knew that is where I wanted to be. I'm more of a small, country person so I wanted a smaller, medium-sized campus and that's what Xavier brought, the furthest I'd walk anywhere was like 10 minutes.

"The coaches are super nice and all the athletes and other basketball players were too when I came on campus. It's just an atmosphere that I want to surround myself with for the next four or five years that I'm playing."

Throughout the process, education has remained of the utmost importance with an interest in nursing/athletic training. While a major is still in the works, she plans to get a glimpse of the nursing at a LaPorte or Michigan City hospital when she gets available time. Locale also played a role.

"I want to get my education first and Xavier has what I want to go for," she said. "My family has been such a big part of me growing up and I want them to be a part of my basketball experience. They come to all of my high school games, so I definitely wanted them to be able to be there for most of my games or be able to see me on TV."

Also a stud on the volleyball court — she was an IHSVCA All-State selection — the full-ride offer to play hoops was hard to turn down.

"A lot of the volleyball offers were for three years, not full rides," she said. "I love both sports and there are different things in each sport that are the best but with basketball being a full ride, that was a better fit for me."

After averaging 18.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Noveroske enjoyed another strong season posting 20.6 points, 15.7 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game. Doing a lot of her damage on the block, Noveroske talked about adding a jump shot element to her game.

"I've been working on extending my range, knocking down 15-footers," she said. "I didn't get to extend much during this past season since I was needed down in the post doing all the dirty work. I've been getting shots up before and after practice and that's a big part of what I want to have in my game when I get to college. I want to be a well-rounded player when I get there and that's what I wanna become in the next year."

She'll also take up tennis in the spring, a sport she took up in middle school.

"Xavier thought it'd be awesome for my footwork," she said. "Tennis is all based on footwork and getting your body around the ball and they were a big supporter of that and they were supporting of me with everything I wanted to do."

Already the school record-holder for blocks, the records for rebounds and points are also in reach. She sits at nearly 1,200 career points and the school record is 1,609, set by TaKenya Nixon.

"Those should be attainable," she said. "I really want to thank my coaches from pee-wees at Notre Dame, middle school, (Michigan City coach Mike) Megyese, and all of my AAU coaches from the NWI Thunder to the Lady Gym Rats. A great thanks goes to my teammates and parents and my entire family too because I wouldn't be where I am today without those awesome people."