Nelson girl gets US college scholarship


Nelson basketballer Gracie Roberts is off to America again after signing a full scholarship with the University of Detroit Mercy.

The NCAA Division 1 College scouted Gracie as a point guard during her first year of Junior College basketball for North Idaho College.

Gracie told the New Zealand Herald that while basketball is different in the states, joining Detroit Mercy was the perfect next step.

“I loved the coaching staff straight away and the vibe from the team, along with the style of play and the opportunities available there.”

In Detroit, Gracie will either study a Bachelor of Science or Health Information Management and once there, she says her life will consist of nothing but basketball and study.

“I’m excited to get there. I will be playing this year coming, as I am not red shirting.”

The former Waimea College student came up through the grades in New Zealand, representing her country in 2012 for the Under 17s and in 2014 for Under 19s.