England International and Charnwood College Riders Ruchae Walton has committed to NCAA Division One Portland State University.
The 5ft 10″ Forward will be competing in the Big Sky Conference against programs such as Montana State, Northern Colorado and Idaho. We got a chance to catch up with Ruchae around her new move to the USA.
How does it feel to get a USA scholarship?
It feels amazing. Not having to worry about where I am going to be next year is such a relief and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.
How did the process go of finding a school in the USA?
It was such a long and tiring process. Also, it was so repetitive with all the transcript drama and SAT stress. I’m just so happy it’s all over and can’t wait to begin my next step.
What are your goals heading to the USA?
My goal is to develop a greater IQ for the game as well completing my chosen major at University.
If there’s one piece of advice you would give players hoping for this opportunity what would it be?
Just to remain positive whilst working hard because in the end, it’ll all come together and all the worrying will be worth it when you find the perfect school for you and realise that you’ll soon be living your dream.
And finally, anyone you would like to thank.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Charnwood for forming me into the person I am today, in particular, my coach Krumesh Patel. He has been such a great mentor and coach whilst I was here and I know in the future he’ll be a great friend also. Next, my team deserves a massive shoutout because they all are such amazing people with big hearts. We have made such strong bonds throughout the 2 years and I know we’ll all stay in touch when we’re dotted across the states.
Ms Williams also deserves a thank you being there everyday with great advice and positivity. Next, I would like thank family friend, Jackson Gibbons for his continued belief and support throughout my journey as well as Steve Vear for his help in finding the right school for me.
Lastly and most importantly, I’d like to thank my family for doing all that was necessary to get me to this point in my life, so the most gratitude and love goes to you guys.
We want to wish Ruchae all the success at Portland State over the next four years.
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