Barking Abbey’s Chloe Gaynor has verbally committed to continue her academic career and play at Boston University for the 2017-18 season on a full athletic scholarship.
The 6’3″ centre, who has been suiting up for Barking Abbey’s WBBL and WEABL squads this season, received her first call up the England Under-18 squad in 2016, where she averaged 12.7 rebounds per game – second in the European Championship – along with 7.9 points and 1.3 blocks.
Gaynor, also the WEABL Final MVP in 2016, joined Barking Abbey ahead of the 2015-16 season from Mansfield Giants for her A-Levels
“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to play and study at Boston University,” Gaynor said.
“It’s a great place and my visit confirmed that. It was great to meet all the coaches and the girls and get a feel for how the university works. Everyone was very welcoming and I knew straight away that this was the place for me, I can’t wait to get out there in the summer and become a part of the Terrier family!”
The Terriers finished this season with a 13-17 record overall, 11-8 in the Patriots League, as their season came to an end if the conference tournament quarter-finals. It marked a 10-game improvement over the 2015-16 season.
“I’m very pleased for Chloe,” said Barking Abbey Basketball Academy Director, Mark Clark.
“She has come a long way in a short period of time. I think BU will be a great opportunity for her to continue her development as a player. I’m confident that Chloe will help BU compete in a very tough league.”
Gaynor will join Clodagh Scannell as the second BA player to attend Boston University. Scannell graduated from BA in 2012, and attended Boston from 2012 through until graduation in 2016.
Chloe becomes the second NCAA Division 1 signing for Barking Abbey in Class of 2017, joining Savannah Wilkinson who signed to Florida State, with more are expected to come.