Barking Abbey guard Abby Lowe has signed with NCAA Division 1 school San Diego State on a full athletic scholarship for the 2016-17 season.
Lowe was a key part of Barking Abbey’s WBBL squad last season averaging 6.3 points and 2.1 rebounds along with helping the Under-19 women to the 2016 WEABL Championship. We got a chance to check in with Abby to find out how she is feeling to compete in Mountain West Conference for the next 4 years.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
Words can’t describe how it feels to get a full ride. I didn’t realise that it was even possible to get full scholarship to the US before I was invited to Barking Abbey. I realised I am incredibly lucky to have got this opportunity.
How did the process go of finding a school in the USA?
Coaches from the US started showing interest after England U16’s did so well in Estonia where we got the silver medal. That’s when I signed up with Blue Star Europe who was a great help to me. The Barking Abbey coaches helped and guided me through the process. Coach Lloyd Gardner was amazing at helping me get cleared by the NCAA Eligibility centre, which in my case turned out very complicated as I did part of my studying in France. My Dad was also such good support, he went to all my old schools in France in order to get my documents translated and stamped. Eventually I got cleared and SDSU invited me on an official visit, and I just knew it was the right place for me.
What are your goals now at San Diego State?
I absolutely love being in San Diego! The team is wonderful the coaches are great. Head Coach Stacie Terry is aiming to promote and raise the level of the woman’s team which is brilliant. My goals are just to keep going hard with everything that is thrown at me. Everything is offered to me, there ready to use and help me get better, I just need to make the most of the opportunity.
How important do you think it is for UK players to take their talents to the USA?
Having played in France also, I see there is still some work to do on Basketball in England. We have the coaches and the players but there aren’t enough of us. Getting experience in the states is an invaluable part of the process until we can get a similar system in the UK. Not many French players I keep in contact with, who play to a high level, think about leaving France because the system is already well established. For the best English talent, the states is the best route to improvement, also it’s a brilliant experience!
And finally, anyone you want to thank.
Loads of people to thank! Patrice Trebuchon and Fred Castegnero who first invited me to a basketball Academy in France ( at the College Anne Frank in Perigueux).Coaches Dave Hammam-Smith (Stockport Lapwings) and Nick Ibberson (Bury Blue Devils) from North West Basketball who helped me get into the England set up. But the people I must thank the most are all my coaches and teammates from Barking Abbey who helped me grow both as a player and a person. Head Coach Mark Clark, although I wasn’t always easy to coach, was a big part of why I am here today. And of course my family who have and will always do everything possible to help me realise my dream.
We want to wish Abby all the success on making a move to the USA.