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After visits to three colleges, including Fordham and Virginia, Victorian Under 20 representative point guard Chloe Molloy has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University, for the 2017/18 season.
Molloy, who recently won the Australian Under 20 national championship with the Victoria Navy side, was also part of Melbourne Boomers WNBL squad in 2015/16. Featured in five games for the Boomers, she averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 assists in 11.6 minutes per game. A player with clear potential, the Rams' latest signing has received high praise from Active8’s Nathan Lovett, who assisted Molloy with her recruitment.
“I first watched Chloe play as a bottom age player in Canberra at the U18 Junior Champs," shared Lovett. "She stood out straight away to me as a player who always thinks team first. Chloe has amazing court vision and the passing capability to go with it. She has a really good outside shot with range to spare and one of the toughest players I have seen.”
These qualities were certainly on show in this year’s Under 20 national championships, where Molloy shot 53% from the field and also contributed 2.3 assists per game in the title-winning Victoria Navy team. Molloy is the sixth member of that team to commit to a college, joining 2016 commitments Shannon Dufficy, Georgia Pineau, Alexandra Sharp, Brittany Wunhym, and Courtney Middap in Division I.
Whilst VCU return their starting back court, their top three guards are all seniors in 2016/17. With stalwart Keira Robinson set to occupy the starting point guard role for the coming season, Molloy will have the opportunity to fight for a starting berth from the outset as VCU appear certain to go into 2017/18 with openings at both guard positions.
Molloy's announcement will double the number of Australians playing in the generally strong Atlantic 10 conference, joining 2015 Under 19 World Championship representative Madeleine Dennis, who recently completed her freshman year at Dayton.