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King High’s Chanise Baldwin worked hard to regain her form after a right knee injury shelved her first two seasons. Since returning to the court last season, Baldwin, a 6-2 senior forward, has been on a mission to make up for lost time.
“It feels good,” said Baldwin, the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “When I first came in, I was injured and everyone was saying ‘she’s not going to do well.’ But I’ve got a full-ride scholarship and I don’t have to worry about anything else now. I can just go to school and play hard.”
Having accepted an offer to play collegiately at Providence, Baldwin’s immediate goal is finish her high school career on top. “We’re trying to win the city and the state, and I think we’re good enough to do it,” she said.
Coach William Winfield’s Lady Crusaders are a perennial PSL powerhouse, and Baldwin’s play has been at the center of their success the last two seasons.
“Just think if we had had her those first two years,” Winfield said. “She’s our leading scorer, our top rebounder, she blocks shots, shows leadership and she’s an excellent student.
“It was kind of rough those two years she was out, but the last two have been a real pleasure. She holds down the middle offensively and defensively. We’re glad to have her.”
Always a hard worker, Baldwin said the injury served to motivate her to play even harder.
“I’ve actually improved from where I was,” she said. “My motion is not as good as it used to be, but everything else I can still do the same or better. I can still jump high and I’ve improved my shot around the basket.”
Baldwin’s prolonged absence from the court resulted from a torn ACL and meniscus. “The doctors said the meniscus would heal by itself, but it didn’t,” Winfield said. “By the time they went back in to repair, that took another year off her career.”
Baldwin said her recovery was helped by the support of her coaches and teammates. “It was hard work and disappointing to have to sit on the bench and watch, but they really helped me get through it,” she said.
A scholar-athlete with a 3.5 grade point average, Baldwin plans to major in Sports Medicine and wants to become an orthopedic surgeon. Her first-hand knowledge of coming back from a career-threatening knee injury should serve her well.