AHLISE Hurst’s blossoming basketball career will take the Bendigo teenager all way to the United States.
The 18-year-old, who represents Bendigo’s WNBL and SEABL teams, has secured a scholarship to play with the University of New Mexico (UNM) during the 2018-19 US college season.
Her recruitment was lauded by UNM head coach Mike Bradbury, who said he was excited about Hurst’s addition to the program.
“She's a skilled scorer that has high level experience,” Bradbury said.
“We expect Ahlise's offensive repertoire to be a perfect fit in our up-tempo system."
It’s been a whirlwind 12-months for the 179cm guard, who was last month named in the Australian national squad for the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championships.
Hurst gained quality international experience last July, playing for the national team in the FIBA Under-17 Women's Oceania Championships in Guam.
She made her Women’s National Basketball League debut against Melbourne Boomers last October and played 14 games in her first season as a development player with Bendigo Spirit.
Hurst turned heads with a breakout game against eventual WNBL champions Townsville Fire in December, scoring a team-high 15 points on seven of eight shooting and grabbing two rebounds.
She is currently averaging three-points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game for Bendigo Braves, who have started the SEABL season a perfect 5-0.
The Lobos are coming off a record-setting season in which the program set records for scoring average, total points, field goals and three-pointers made.
UNM went 25-11, tying for the third-most wins in school history, and advanced to the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.