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Emilie Black is heading Stateside next season after signing with NCAA DII school Lynn University for the 2022-23 campaign.
The 2002-born guard recently earned the WEABL Final MVP award after helping City of London Academy complete an unbeaten campaign.
“I want to thank Knights Basketball where my journey first began, it was the perfect platform for me to develop a love for the game,” said Black. “I also want to thank CoLA Basketball for allowing me to be part of their programme and pushing me to be the best version of myself on and off court.
“It’s no doubt that without the coaching staff here and their constant support that I wouldn’t have got to where I am today. I am delighted to be a new addition to the Lynn Fighting Knights – everything about the school excites me and it feels like a dream come true.
“Lastly, a big thank you to Coach Hudd for giving me this opportunity. I’m going to give the program everything I’ve got over the next four years.”
Black netted 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and also added four rebounds and four assists as CoLA defeated Nottingham 71-49 in a dominant display to take the title.
The Under-19 side also excelled at the senior level as CoLA claimed the WNBL Division 1 title and will compete in the playoffs final this weekend as they take on Solent Kestrels.
CoLA head coach Jackson Gibbons added: “Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been happier for a kid. Emilie has been a joy to coach for three years at CoLA; she shows up, goes about her work with a true professionalism and is adored by her teammates.
“Sending her to Coach Huddleston-Tucker at Lynn provides great comfort; they have a great programme and have done a great job with UK players previously, so we are excited for the next stage of Emilie’s journey.”
Black becomes the latest Brit to join the Fighting Knights with Dani Lozzi (Senior), Loie Webb (Junior) and Alex Baker (Freshman) all part of the roster in the 2021-22 season as Lynn finished with a 12-13 record.