Third star heading to USA: Rory Winter commits to Iowa Lakes

Rory Winter leaves Ipswich to head to university having represented the club since under-13 level (Image: Pavel Kricka) is delighted to announce another of the club’s athletes has gained a scholarship with an American college, as Rory Winter will next year play for Iowa Lakes Community College on a full athletic scholarship.

Ipswich Basketball Academy product and senior team guard Rory is the third IBA star this season to confirm that he is crossing the Atlantic this summer to continue his basketball development in the USA, following the places won by Grace Sinnott and Freya Cooney.

Rory, who was voted IBA Men’s MVP at the recent annual End-of-Season Dinner Awards, was the starting point guard for the IBA the past two seasons and this year became the dependable and productive sixth man for the men’s team.

“We are all incredibly proud of Rory,” said IBA and IBC head coach Nick Drane. “He’s earned this: I’ve seen very few kids who have this kind of work ethic – he’s a gym rat, both in the weight room and on court, putting in the hours on his own time as well as scheduled academy and club practices.

“He’s a great advert for our programme and a credit to his family and to Copleston High School.”

Interviewed by following the announcement of his place, Rory had plenty of acknowledgements to hand out for all those who have helped him in his development thus far.

“I would like to thank my parents first for supporting me throughout the whole process, I’d also like to thank the coaching team around me for the last three seasons: Nick Drane, Tom Sadler and Adam Robinson. They have allowed me to push myself and compete at a high level.

“I originally started talking to the school in December which gave me the opportunity to get to know the coaches well which was a leading factor in my decision. The region they play in is very competitive and will push me personally to improve my game.

“I’m really excited to be joining the team next season! My goal is to go and make an impact in a positive way, with a team goal of winning our conference! My overall aim is to then gain a place at an NCAA University after my time at junior college is over.”

Everyone associated with Ipswich Basketball Club and Ipswich Basketball Academy wishes Rory every success as he continues his basketball career in a new country.