Journey of a Lifetime: McBain’s Hamlet Taking Hoops, Ministry to Ethiopia

MCBAIN – Meredith Hamlet will soon embark on the trip of a lifetime.

A McBain native and senior guard on Valparaiso’s women’s basketball team, Hamlet will join the sports ministry Athletes in Action in late May for the organization’s mission trip to Ethiopia.

“You play with other athletes around the country and you learn how to develop playing for God, and just how to play competition-wise, too,” Hamlet said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Africa since I was in seventh grade, and just like do mission trips, and then now that I get to play basketball, which is like my other love, I literally feel like God just put this in my hands.

“One day we’ll go do ministry work for the local school there, and you know, share our testimony, and help their community.”

Hamlet ranks 18th all-time in scoring at Valparaiso.

Hamlet starred for McBain’s basketball and volleyball programs, leading the basketball team to a pair of Highland Conference titles and quarterfinal appearances while garnering Associated Press first team All-State honors three times. She’s the only player in school history to record a quadruple-double (22 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals). Hamlet was also a four-year starter on the volleyball court and earned Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-State honors on three occasions.

Once her days as a Rambler were over, she followed in the footsteps of her sisters Elizabeth and Annemarie and signed with Valparaiso.

A guard, Hamlet was named to the 2015-16 Horizon All-Freshman Team at Valparaiso.

“I think that’s just like as a little kid, it’s just like what you work for,” Hamlet said. “Both of my sisters played there. That’s kind of the reason why I chose there. I committed there, I think after my junior year of high school. Coming from like a small area here, I really enjoy it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

“I’ve had so much support. Just the people back in Valparaiso have really helped me, and the people actually like in this community, in McBain, have really helped me. It’s an overwhelming amount of support, and I just never thought that this would be an opportunity that I would ever be able to do.”

Hamlet was named to the 2015-16 Horizon All-Freshman Team and was a 2017-18 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention recipient.

After averaging 11.6 points per game as a junior, Hamlet will be the leading returning scorer for the Crusaders and is 51 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points. She also ranked seventh all-time in program history in made 3-pointers (153).