Manchester Mystics have bolstered their ranks with the addition of American-Spanish guard, Grace Simmons.
Studying at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Simmons is scheduled to suit up with Mystics for the next three seasons.
“From my perspective, the recruitment of Grace was done before I became involved as it was done with Rob [Fairley] and the MMU side,” said Mystics’ head coach, Jeff Jones.
“I was pleasantly surprised when we were able to secure her services for this new look Mystics team and the fact that she is with us for three years gives both her and us the time to develop – knowing we have the same end goals for her to get better and for us to become a force in the women’s game.
“You can liken Grace to being a freshman at university and while in reality she wouldn’t be expected to help right away; she has acclimatised well and is growing in confidence with the senior players.”
The player herself added, “I started playing basketball at a young age in Spain. In 2013. I went to play basketball in the USA and received a full scholarship to play in high school at Life Centre Academy in New Jersey.
“One of the main reasons I went to play in the USA is because my sister was playing there and I also wanted to play at a higher level and gain experience from playing in a different country.
“The main reason I choose to come and play in England is my education and the opportunity of playing in a different country and to continue growing as a basketball player and as a person.
“My friends found it strange when I said I was going to the UK as opposed to playing at NCAA level in America but having been raised in Spain, I appreciate the opportunities that other choices you make can give you.
“The course I am studying at Manchester Metropolitan University is what I want to do long after my basketball stops and with the scholarship scheme it is similar to the U.S. university system,” concluded Simmons.