The summer before her sophomore year of high school, Lexi Weger traveled to New Jersey to participate in the Princeton Girls Basketball Elite Camp — run by then-Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart — on the advice of her parents.
Weger had just finished her first basketball season at Episcopal High School but already knew she wanted to play at the collegiate level. Her parents saw the camp as an opportunity for her to gain more exposure and grow as a player.
After watching her play and seeing her potential on the court, Banghart pulled Weger aside. Her first question?
“Have you thought about the Ivy League?”
Fast forward, and Weger played under Banghart at Princeton during the 2018-19 season. This year, the two have reunited again, with Banghart bringing on Weger as a graduate assistant at North Carolina. In her new role, Weger works closely with UNC’s video coordinators and coaching staff to analyze film for the team. She also assists with the team's recruiting efforts.
But, more than that, she said she wants to “empathize with the girls and walk in their shoes" as a former collegiate athlete.
Former North Carolina women’s basketball guard Ariel Young is currently enrolled in UNC’s sport administration graduate program alongside Weger. Although they have not known each other long, Young believes Weger’s connection with Banghart and athletics will allow her to connect with the girls on another level.
“All they need is compassion and somebody that they can reach out to and talk to, that's the basis of it,” Young said. “Having that experience as a student athlete yourself really does make you more compassionate when you're in that position.”