Coast teen to ink deal with US College
Basketball: While it won't be signed and official until April, Sunshine Coast Phoenix product Courtney Murphy is preparing to make the big move to the US to play college basketball.
The Mountain Creek State High School graduate has verbally committed to playing at Seattle University, where she has been offered a full scholarship and will be training and playing alongside some of the best players in the world.
"It's a huge opportunity, I'll be playing against some of the best players and schools there are and I'm very lucky to have this chance,” Murphy said.
After receiving multiple scholarship offers and touring five schools across the US, the 17-year-old said Seattle felt like the best fit for her to improve her skills.
"It has a great vibe there and a lot of it was about the team and how I felt I fit, and the coaching staff is really important as I'm going to be spending four years with them,” she said.
"Also because it's division one basketball it will be a very high level of competition. Playing with the best and against the best will really help improve my game.”
She said she was excited to head over to Seattle and get stuck into pre-season training.
"I'm so keen to get to Seattle and begin the experience, start training with the team and everything,” she said.
"The goal is to make the starting five and just to get better and hopefully become a more confident and skilled player and hopefully get some titles with the team.”
The move to the US will help the teenager towards her goal of making it to the WNBA.
"I'm very proud of myself, it's been a long journey. Ever since I was little I've always wanted to play college ball and go professional in the WNBA,” she said.