NEWBERRY — Former Newberry college basketball player Colleen Leung is headed to England to play basketball and study for her masters.
Leung has a scholarship to the University of Essex, and she will also play for the University team for Coach Mark Lloyd.
“Lindsey Gleason of TeamGLEAS referred me to the program,” said Colleen. “I am getting my masters degree in Marketing and Brand Management. I’m flying out at the end of the month, as we are going to Portugal for some preseason games. It will be a 50 week program, and classes will start in October.
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“I’m excited for Colleen and I know she is looking forward to studying and playing overseas,” said Sean Page, who is heading into his ninth season as the head coach for women’s basketball at Newberry. “It has been a dream of hers to play overseas after college and this way, she is able to achieve that goal but also pursue a master’s degree at the same time. We wish her all the best and know she be a great representative for Newberry on the basketball court and in the classroom.”
Leung attended Converse for a year and played for Newberry assistant Joanna Tincher in 2011-12. Colleen then attended Denmark Tech for a year before transferring to Newberry. As a sophomore at Denmark Tech, she led all National Junior College Athletic Association players in three point percentage, shooting 64.7 percent.
In the 2014-15 season with Newberry, Colleen appeared in 32 games. She averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. She was a part of the Championship team here at Newberry who defeated Lincoln Memorial, Lenoir-Rhyne, and top ranked Anderson College on the way to their third SAC Championship.
Leung led the team in scoring in the SAC finals with 17 points. She drilled a three pointer to give Newberry a 58-55 lead with just under three minutes to play, and then went on to score six of the final seven Wolves’ points at the free throw line.
This release was provided by Newberry College.