Limerick Celtics duo to begin basketball scholarships stateside later this year

Limerick Celtics duo Sabhdh Edwards and Eve Nealon will begin their Basketball scholarships in America later this year after they were both awarded with the delas in 2019.

Edwards is headed for Akron, Ohio while Nealon is headed for Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

The Division One University of Akron Ohio have awarded Sabhbh a full scholarship starting in September of this year. 

Sabhbh is the second Celtics player in 2019 to receive a full USA Scholarship with Eve Nealon heading to Philadelphia this coming September.

Sabhbh started at Celtics at 12u level coached by Basketball Ireland Hall of Famer Michelle Aspell who brought Sabhbh and her team to many Regional and National Championships.

Speaking ahead of the move, Edwards said,

‘I started playing with Celtics when I was 11 and 7 years later I am delighted to be getting this opportunity. Limerick Celtics has shaped me as a person and a player and throughout the years being coached by Michelle and Tony has thought me so many valuable skills and lessons.

“I’m looking forward to keep working hard and doing my club proud stateside while keeping the memories of some of the best years of my life at Celtics close to my heart.

“Thanks to every coach, player, club and my parents for helping me get where I am today.”

Akron, Ohio is the birthplace of current NBA superstar Lebron James who is regarded by some as the greatest player of all time.

Meanwhile, after spending a year at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Nealon will be attending Shippensburg University next year. after been awarded a full basketball scholarship to the very competitive academic and sporting University.

Shippensburg is located in eastern PA and compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.

Their women’s basketball program are coming off a tremendous year where they had a record of 21-9 and with all team members returning next season, they will be hoping to secure a conference title as well as a run deep into the NCAA tournament.

At Hill this past year, Eve contributed greatly to the team who finished third in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. Averaging 14 points, 2 assists and 2 steals per game, she was named MVP of the team and earned MAPL league first-team honours.

Before joining Hill last autumn, Eve played school basketball at Crescent College, and club basketball at Limerick Celtics under coaches Tony Hehir and Michelle Aspell.

Part of an extremely successful underage club team, Nealon says a lot of credit is owed to her coaches: 

“I really wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without Tony and Michelle. I have always wanted to play at the collegiate level in the States but it hasn’t been an easy route getting there.

“I think they both knew I always wanted to go play in America, maybe even before I did, and if it wasn’t for the incredible coaching and support I received from both of them, on and off the court, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“I’m so excited to be continuing my basketball journey at Shippensburg and can’t wait to get started with preseason training in August.”

Congratulations to Sabhbh and Eve on a huge achievement.

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