Expanding the international flavor on his team, Liberty Women's Basketball Head Coach Carey Green announced that New Zealand native Amy West has signed a national letter of intent to attend Liberty University.
Amy West (F/C, 6-4, Palmerston North, New Zealand) West, a senior at Palmerston North Girls High School, will become the first player from New Zealand ever to suit up for the Lady Flames. She helped her team place 12th at the 2017 BBNZ Schick National Championships, averaging 8.3 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.9 bpg at the event. It marked the best national championship finish in team history.
During her first year playing basketball (2015), West was invited to the Junior Tall Fern trial for the New Zealand U-19 National Team. She was named her team's most improved player as both a junior and senior and also earned the 2017 Manawatu Secondary School Code Award for excellence in basketball.
"I feel so lucky to be able to have the opportunity to study and play college basketball at Liberty University," West stated. "It is an absolute honor and a privilege." West was also considering Buffalo, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan and Wofford.
After graduation, West plans to begin attending Liberty in January 2018, where she will join fellow international players Iva Ilic (Croatia), Ola Makurat (Poland) and Melis Ucar (Turkey) on the current roster.
What They're Saying About Amy West "Amy West, from New Zealand, will add a competent international basketball flair to our team. She's actually on our current team as a redshirt, developing and adjusting to collegiate basketball and life in the U.S. at Liberty. She is a very determined and athletic player who actually is young in the game of basketball after playing several years of field hockey. She has the opportunity and ability to be the most improved player, with potential to provide contributions that will certainly impact our team. Amy runs well, rebounds well, is very agile inside and displays her family's competitiveness and athleticism. Her brother Alex is an elite world-class cyclist, competing internationally." Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach "Amy is a player who is improving in her skills, knowledge and understanding of the great game of basketball at a rapid pace. Despite being young in terms of how long she has been playing the game, she has a solid sporting background, learning aptitude, determination and athletic ability that allows her to pick up new skills and strategies with ease. Amy's height, reach and timing make her an intimidating force on defense, often causing opposing teams to settle for jumpers rather than take the risk of entering the paint to have their shot sent into the bleachers or altered. However, she is definitely not one-dimensional with her size. Amy has a silky smooth mid-range jump shot she is developing out to the three-point line, which is a great fit for today's style of basketball. She also has handles that would make many guards envious and works hard on continually improving this aspect of her game. Off the court, Amy is very fun to be around, with a great sense of humor and a strong work ethic. We are extremely proud of Amy taking this step to attend Liberty, not only for the basketball experiences but also for the quality education she will receive, which has been something she has been very clear about the importance of while making this decision. Amy is very special to us and we are very happy that she is joining a university that we know will cherish her as a person and look after her during her time there." Matt Schmidt, Palmerston North Girls High School Head Girls' Basketball Coach