England International and Sevenoaks Suns Dani Lozzi has committed to NCAA Division One University of Vermont.
The 5ft 10″ Guard was the final member of Coach Chris Day’s recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-18 women’s basketball season. We got a chance to speak with Dani on her move to the USA.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
It’s crazy to think that what was just a dream a couple years ago has now become reality! My journey here has had a lot of ups and downs, so it really does feel incredible to finally see all the hard work pay off. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m so excited to take the next step in my career and see where it takes me!
How did the process go of finding a school in the USA?
For us at Sevenoaks it was a bit different, for we didn’t have the support those at an academy receive, and the process has been long and difficult. It’s involved a lot of admin, a lot of forms to fill out, and personally, I struggle quite a lot in getting it all sorted.
However, I got there in the end, and the coaches over at UVM worked endlessly to make the process as easy as possible for me! It was also frustrating when I wasn’t getting much interest, and I got a little disheartened to begin with when things weren’t really going my way, but I caught a lucky break eventually and through Len, Coach Day got in contact with me and it all started from there!
What are your goals once you get to UVM?
On a personal level, my goals include getting stronger and fitter, becoming more offensive minded and overall becoming a better player. However, I also hope to be able to contribute to the program in whichever way I can and become the player they need me to be, and have a successful 4 years at UVM!
How important do you think it is for UK players to take their talents to the USA?
I think it definitely depends on what you’re looking to get out of basketball, whether it is just a hobby or if you truly want to take it further. For me, taking it to the next level has always been what I’ve wanted to do, and through playing I’ve been given an education and an opportunity that I otherwise would never have been able to get. I’d say that as long as you are fully committed and willing to make the sacrifices necessary, it’s a great way to put the thing that you love to good use.
The level of competition will obviously take some time to get used to, and of course, it’s a big move, but I genuinely do believe the benefits outweigh the costs, and I think that America is definitely the place to go for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in basketball.
And finally, anyone you would like to thank.
There’s so many people I could thank, but first of all I’d like to thank all my coaches over the years, who have shaped me into the player I have become. But in particular, a huge thank you to my coaches at Sevenoaks, Richard and Len.
Richard was fundamental in getting me started and teaching me the basics, whilst Len provided the platform where I could play up and develop further, especially this last year. Both have been incredibly patient with me and have been in my corner from the start, and for that I will forever be grateful.
I would also like to thank my teammates for having my back through thick and thin and for pushing me every day to become better. You are family to me and it won’t be the same playing without y’all by my side!
And finally, the biggest thank you goes to my parents, for supporting me in all my endeavours over the years. But I owe my dad an especially big thank you, for driving me up and down the country relentlessly and for believing in me from the beginning.
We want to wish Dani all the success at the University of Vermont.