Freya Cooney verbally commits to Franklin Pierce University

Freya elects to continue her basketball development in Massachusetts next season

Freya Cooney has starred for Ipswich Basketball Academy again this season (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball Academy is delighted to announce that Freya Cooney has verbally committed to Franklin Pierce University of the North East Ten Conference in NCAA Division Two.

Cooney, a versatile 6’2 forward, had significant interest from a number of programmes but settled on Franklin Pierce after a number of conversations with Head Coach Janette Wedo. The Copleston based academy has strong links with Franklin Pierce with former Ipswich Basketball Club and Academy product Ben Mead graduating this year after a four year career with the Ravens, while Ipswich Basketball Club captain and academy assistant coach Tom Sadler is a former captain and scholarship athlete at the University.

“We are delighted for Freya and very proud of her and this great opportunity she has created for herself. She has worked her socks off this year and thoroughly deserves this. It’s a great credit to her and her family and I have no doubt that she can be a success at the next level,” said Ipswich Basketball Academy Head Coach Nick Drane.

“We have had multiple players from our boys programme that have headed over to the States and Canada on Scholarships, and it’s great to now see some of our girls getting that same opportunity. Our programme prides itself on player development and Freya’s improvement over the past year has been quite remarkable”. He added.

“I’m really pleased to commit to Franklin Pierce, it’s a perfect fit for me,” said a delighted Freya. “I’ve had a great year at Copleston and my game has really come a long way. I can’t thank my coaches, my family or my teammates enough.”

Cooney finished the WEABL season averaging eleven points and eight rebounds while making significant strides in her game, becoming a three-position player by the end of the season. She is the second female IBA athlete to commit to a US university this year, following the announcement of Grace Sinnott’s decision to join Colorado Christian University last week.

Freya still has games to play as IBA face Leyton Sixth Form on the 26th April, with the final a week later.

Ipswich Basketball would like to wish Freya the best of luck in the next stage of her basketball journey!