Top NSR basketball athlete, Lana Hollingsworth (Basketball VIC), is heading to Boston College to play under Coach Erik Johnson in the 2018/19 season. For Hollingsworth, a guard from Melbourne, this commitment is the beginning of a journey that has been almost 10 years in the making!

“I‘ve known I wanted to go to college since I was about 8 years old. I remember watching my first NCAA tournament and being in awe of everything, the lights, the crowd and the basketball. Immediately, I realised that I wanted to do that, and that I wanted to go and play against some of the best players in the world. Now, I finally get to follow one of my biggest dreams!”

The decision wasn’t an easy one for Lana, as she was speaking with a handful of top NCAA Division I programs. However, once she arrived on campus for her official visit, she knew Boston College was the one!

“It was really difficult to choose because obviously every school is amazing, and every coach and team is nice to you when they’re trying to recruit you. I definitely always wanted to go with my gut, and as soon as I got to BCs campus I felt at home.” Coach Johnson and his staff also played a major part in her decision, “Coach Johnson’s coaching philosophy resonates with me a lot, and I think BC’s style of play is a good match to develop my game.”

When asked what she is most looking forward to, it’s no surprise that Lana, like any true competitor, just can’t wait to get on the court! “I think I’m most excited about that first game. The first time I get to play at Conte Forum, lights, cameras and all. I think that’ll be a really special experience because I’ve never had anything close to that here in Australia.”

While basketball is obviously a very important aspect of this journey for Lana, she also puts a massive emphasis on her academics. Lana Plans to major in Pre-Med at Boston College. Currently in her final year at Haileybury College, about to complete VCE exams, she is predicted to have a ATAR score of 99 or higher. WOW!

Lana won’t be leaving for college until August 2018. However, she is definitely an athlete you will want to keep an eye on both on and off the court! Congratulations Lana, and on behalf of everyone here at the NSR family, Good luck!