Here is another article on a Bobcat Women recruit. Emily Allen recently signed her official Letter of Intent and accepts a scholarship to Montana State starting in the 2010 season. Allen who is a 6-0 (maybe?) wing player from Aquinas College prep school in Queensland Australian, just finished up high school, and will be working and playing basketball before enrolling at Montana State sometime in 2010.
It will be real interesting to see Allen and fellow Aussie basketball player Kate Webb, skill level and style of play translates to the D-1 level once they get on to the floor in the Brick Breeden field house. It is one thing to try to compare players’ stats from New Mexico, to a player from California, to a player from Montana, but from an Australian junior national team it is real hard to judge how good of a pick up they are until we can see them for ourselves. Still I am told both Webb and Allen are great pick-ups for Binford.
Side note: There is a very funny line in the article below that had me giggling out load when I read it. A “No-Prize” to the first person who can identify the line.
Emily bobs along on path to Opals
Jake Dew | November 20th, 2009
BOBCATS could help dig up Opals for tenacious Gold Coast basketballer Emily Allen.
In the midst of celebrating the conclusion of her schooling, life has taken another giant turn for the teenager after she accepted an offer to play college basketball with Montana State University.
While the full scholarship will commence next August, it is the realization of a dream for 17-year-old Allen in her quest to one day suit up for the Australian Opals.
“It has been one of my goals (to try and secure a US scholarship), to study as well as play,” said Allen, who will play for the Montana State Bobcats against powerhouse colleges like Idaho State and Portland State.
“I’ll be studying nursing but importantly I hope this can give me some different experiences. I hope I can learn more from different coaching, gain more experience and improve my game.”
Spotted by scouts at the national basketball championships earlier this year, Allen received a number of offers to attend college in the US.
But it was the Montana State program, where the Aquinas College senior will be keen to impress for the Bobcats, which offered the most advantages.
There she will be able to pick the brains of some of basketball’s elite, including former Brisbane Blazers WNBL import Tricia Binford, who is head coach of the women’s program.
Before taking up the scholarship, Allen will stay on the Coast where she hopes to work part time while improving her game in the QBL Development League for the Runaway Bay Seahawks.
“It’s going to be a big adjustment to make but I am excited about the challenge,” she said.
“The players I will be going up against in my position will be strong and athletic, so I will be working hard to make sure I am prepared.
“The facilities at the school are awesome and the team receives great support from the student population.”
While her long-term dream of turning out for the Opals is still some way off, Allen knows the sky’s the limit and with hard work anything is possible.
“Long-term that is definitely my dream, to play for Australia,” she said.
“I’m in the (under-17) Australian Gems squad and we regularly travel to the AIS for coaching and to train on developing our games.
“This is just another step in my development and fingers crossed, if things work out you never know what the future could bring.”