Milly Knowles commits to Eastern Washington

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Myerscough’s second-year student athlete Milly Knowles has announced her verbal commitment to Eastern Washington University in the United States.

Knowles, 17, will be attending the alma mater of Myerscough coach and Olympian Julie Page in 2018-19 where she will also play under long-time and current Eagles head coach Wendy Schuller.

“I loved how it’s so much like a family,” said Knowles. “The whole programme suits me perfectly — the way they play on the court and their academics off it, which is very important to me.

“I’m really excited by everything at Eastern Washington, but I’m most excited to see how I grow as both a player and person.”

Knowles, who started every game for Great Britain in its run to a fourth place finish at the 2017 FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship, is coming off a tremendous debut year in the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League.

The small forward earned Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honours. She averaged a double-double in league play — 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game — and ranked third in steals with 3.3 per contest.

“Myerscough and the coaching staff have played a huge roll in my development,” said Knowles. “Purely the hours they have put in has got me where I am. The Academy has given me so much experience and opportunities to prepare for this next step.”

Page, who attended Eastern Washington from 2004 to 2006, was the first player in programme history to be named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. She had a career average of 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.

“Julie gave me an insight into the time and experience she had and helped guide me through the process. But, ultimately, when it came to the decision-making she left me to decide for myself.”

Knowles returns to Myerscough the 2017-18 season looking to build on an already impressive resume before heading off to the Pacific Northwest.

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Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.