Great Britain international Paige Robinson has landed a full scholarship to #12 ranked Junior College, Midland Lady Chaps in Texas.
6ft 4″ Robinson has played her basketball in Spain as a junior as well as attending Oaklands College for the last 2 years and more recently at WBBL outfit Brixton Topcats where she gained a huge amount of interest from USA colleges.
Midland College are one of the most respected JuCo’s in the nation with a total of 7 National Tournament Appearances, 6 Regional Tournament Championships and 10 WJCAC Conference Championships to date.
We caught up with Paige to see how she is feeling about playing in the USA and her upcoming goals.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
It’s very hard to describe the feeling of being on a scholarship playing the sport you love. This was a thing I used to dream about and now I’m living it, it’s crazy to wake up and see what I’ve achieved I am over the moon and very grateful.
What are your goals now with Midland College?
My goal has never really changed since being in London, I’d like to become the best player I can possibly be and play at the best level my ability will take me to
How important do you think it is for UK player to take their talents to the USA?
If UK players have the opportunity to play in the states they should definitely take it. It’s a whole new level of commitment and focus and it really does test you mentally and physically.
How do you think playing for GB this summer will help prep you for playing in the USA?
Being fortunate to play for my country before moving over to America really did humble me. I never thought I would miss my family and friends so much, and I kept on thinking if I can’t survive this how am I going to survive America ? I got the opportunity to be coached by a coach I’ve never been coached by which was good because I learnt a new style of play. The GB coaches are very supportive of me going to Texas, they gave me a lot of pointers like things I can work on before heading over to make me a better player which I found very beneficial.
And finally, anyone you want to thank.
I would like to give a big thank you to Coach Steve Vear for taking me on this year and helped with my process of going to America. I’d like to thank Oaklands College for having me for 2 years and helped me grow as a person as well as Sports Aid who have been amazing to me on my journey. I’d also like to thank my family and friends for supporting me the whole way. Big thank you to my best-friend Nicky for keeping me grounded and not letting me give in when times got hard. Lastly, a very special thank you to my mum, without her I wouldn’t be where I am.
We want to wish Paige all the best on her journey in the USA and what the future holds for her as she flies the flag for the UK.