Alex off to the USA

Photo: Contributed Bendigo Advertiser

Photo: Contributed Bendigo Advertiser

Basketball Australia U18 Championships 2015 - Women - Vic Country v Queensland North. Elle Hutchinson (QN), Alex Strawhorn (VC) Photo: Contributed Ballarat Courier

Basketball Australia U18 Championships 2015 - Women - Vic Country v Queensland North. Elle Hutchinson (QN), Alex Strawhorn (VC) Photo: Contributed Ballarat Courier

Alex Strawhorn has big ambitions to one day play in the Women's National Basketball League.

The talented 19-year-old Kyneton local is on track to do so, this year earning offers to play college basketball from various USA universities.

She has accepted a full scholarship to attend Kilgore College in Texas, USA.

Alex departs August 19 for her new college home, located a couple of hours from Dallas.

She was scouted for the scholarship after a college coach, who had coached one of Alex's Lady Braves teammates, was sent footage of her in action on the court.

Alex told the Express she had since met both of her new coaches over Skype but was yet to meet her new teammates.

"There is one other international player from Spain," she said.

The quick-paced point guard began her career with the Kyneton Basketball Association at the tender age of eight.

With two brothers and frequently challenged by her older brother Hamish shooting hoops in the back yard, playing competitively on court came easily to her.

She worked hard, quickly developing her skills and fitness and from under 14s started playing in Bendigo, earning positions in the city's representative squads throughout her junior career.

While under16 she was also playing with the youth league Young Lady Braves and as a 'bottom aged' under 18 was asked to suit up for the Bendigo Lady Braves in a SEABL game.

"From then on I've been training and playing with both the Young Lady Braves and the Lady Braves."

This year Alex was the team captain of the Young Lady Braves and was last week awarded their Most Valuable Player award for the 2017 season.

"When I was younger it was playing for fun but since I started playing in Bendigo, it became more serious and now I cannot imagine basketball not in my life."

"I've always thought, 'I want to get to the next level and take it as far as I can'. After making the Vic country state side in under 18s, getting to represent Victoria at the 2016 nationals as a bottom age under20 and reaching the women's level made me realise, 'yes, I can do this'."

Alex will be on scholarship at Kilgore for two years and then hopes to transfer to another college for another two years before she returns to Australia.

She has many people she would like to thank who have helped her to where she is today.

"My parents have done a huge amount, my coaches and Megan Moody, my head coach for the Young Lady Braves. Kelsey Griffin, an Australian Opal who was Megan's assistant, and Jonathan Goodman, head coach of the Lady Braves. Also Jane Chalmers who advised me about college basketball and Andrea Walsh for her coaching and getting film together for me to send overseas.

And from the start our neighbour, Michelle Fletcher, a 300-game Lady Braves player. I've been involved with her since playing at a young age at Kyneton and always looked up to her."

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