We check in with WBBL player Jenelle Grant one-month before she jets off to Pacific University on a four year scholarship to get her thoughts on taking her talents across to the USA.
Why do you think you were able to gain a scholarship to the USA? How did the process happen?
I feel I was able gain a scholarship to the USA, by making sure I was in basketball environments where i was challenged from a young age. From playing U13 national league with the boys to moving to haringey and now playing WBBL with Brixton Topcats. The recruitment process worked by initially making a highlight tape of my first season at Brixton, with the help of my coach Steve Vear. This gave USA college coaches a platform to see and reach out to me.
How excited are you to be heading to Pacific and what are you expecting when you get there?
After visiting Pacific in California, I am very excited to join the school and settle in with my new team mates and classmates. When I arrive on campus, I’ll be expecting a warm welcome, and a huge amount of questions about the queen. I’ll also be expecting a step up in conditioning and intensity of practice. I can’t wait!
What goals do you have over the 4 years?
During my time at pacific, I want to contribute to a winning team, and grow and develop as a player. But most importantly complete my degree.
What do you think are going to be your biggest challenges when at Pacific?
One of the biggest challenges I feel will be the step up in competition and physicality of the game. I will also miss my friends and family from the UK especially my Topcats teammates!!
Finally, how important do you think it is for you and other UK players to get scholarships to the USA?
I think it is very important for players to get experience of a different basketball environment. Academically, the opportunity to attend university on a full scholarship for free is amazing and also to be exposed to different cultures.
From everyone at the Topcats, we want to wish Jenelle all the best in her move to Pacific University next month.