New support service for players hoping to play in the USA
October 03, 2019
Basketball Ireland has today announced a new service to support players and their parents/guardians as they go through the research process of considering playing and studying in the USA and further afield.
The new service aims to answer any questions or queries surrounding the process, ensuring that players and their parents and guardians can make a well-informed decision.
Speaking about the announcement, CEO of Basketball Ireland Bernard O’Byrne stated: “We hope that parents and guardians will be able to use this support as they look into the options in the USA for their sons and daughters. We aim to provide support and guidance through the process, drawing on the vast experience that exists within the Irish basketball community from many current and former players who have been through the process already.
“With an increasing number of sites and agents offering opportunities to Irish players, it is important for families to know that advice from Irish players who have gone on a similar journey is available at no cost. Even if families don’t want to avail of the service, Basketball Ireland strongly advises people to take time to research who they are talking to and what credentials they have.”
Former Irish international and current Elite Performance Committee (EPC) member Suzanne Maguire had a Hall of Fame career at Fordham University and has been through the process first hand. She added: “Heading to the USA can be an exciting but daunting prospect for any young player. Understanding the eligibility criteria and what questions to ask any potential recruiter are both important tools anyone considering this path should have.”
If you have any questions about the process, or would like to speak to someone further, please submit your query to the dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org