Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence Sees Four Athletes Graduate

Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence Sees Four Athletes Graduate

Basketball Australia would like to congratulate the four recent graduates of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Agnes Emma-Nnopu, Gemma Potter, Sara-Rose Smith and Lily Scanlon.

The CoE program brings together the best young players from around Australia to live and train together in a high-performance environment with the assistance of elite coaches.

Emma-Nnopu and Smith recently received silver at the 2019 Australian School Championships playing for Lake Ginninderra College, where they averaged 23 and 20 points respectively.

All four athletes have recently signed with colleges in the United States for the 2020 season with Emma-Nnopu heading to Stanford University, Potter heading to UCLA, Smith heading to the University of Missouri and Scanlon heading to Gonzaga University.

Potter and Scanlon will travel to United States having spent important time developing their skills in the WNBL playing for the UC Capitals.

Kristen Veal, CoE Women’s Head Coach, said that the four athletes have made the most of the opportunities and challenges at the CoE, bettering themselves as young people and elite basketball players.

“The current visibility of these athletes in the WNBL, National Schools Tournament and on social media platforms announcing signings with NBL1 and USA college programs, reflects their work, dedication, passion and talent,” said Veal.

“Basketball Australia looks forward to watching these exciting young prospects continue to forge their future basketball careers as they work towards the ultimate goal of donning the green and gold for the Emerging Opals.”

All four athletes will compete in the upcoming U20 Australian Championships for their home state of Victoria from February 5-9, 2020.