England U18 international Harriet Swindells has signed for NCAA Division II Barry University on a full athletic scholarship.
The sharp shooting 5ft 7″ Guard who plays at Charnwood College and also for Leicester Riders WBBL outfit has caught the eye of many USA colleges where Swindell’s has signed her National Letter of Intent to join Barry University next season for 4 years.
We got a chance to check in to see why she chose Barry and what she expects when she arrives.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
It feels unreal because this has always been my goal and I have achieved it.
How did the process go of finding a school in the USA?
The process was definitely exciting. I loved looking at all these different schools and learning more about what it’s like over in the states and what would be best for me.
Why did you pick Barry University and what are your goals going to be?
I chose Barry because I liked what their motives are for the upcoming seasons and also how I fit into them. As well as this, when I went to visit, everything was great and I felt like I could really enjoy my time there.
How important do you think it is for UK players to take their talents to the USA?
I wouldn’t say that it is important for UK players to go to the US because everyone is different and it might not be the right thing for that person. However, I think to go and study and play basketball in the US will be a great experience for anyone.
And finally, anyone you want to thank.
I would like to thank my parents firstly for supporting me through everything, for driving me all over the country too many times to count and for working so hard all the time to give me the best opportunity to achieve all my goals! I also want to thank my coaches, Krumesh Patel and Matt Harber for pushing me and teaching me so many new skills on and off the court.
It hasn’t always been easy at all but we got through it and got where I want to be. Finally I want to thank all my teammates for just generally being the best team I could ever ask for!
We want to wish Harriet all the success at Barry University as she joins an array of UK female talent over in the USA.