The countless hours of practice over the last 10 years has finally paid off for Conestogo’s Alex Klein.The 17-year-old high school senior from Waterloo Collegiate has verbally committed to a full basketball scholarship to become a Bulldog at Bryant University in Rhode Island.
The 6’2” power player is a force to be reckoned with on the court. Her aggressive and physical approach to the sport is what made university scouts from down south take notice.
Securing her future for the next four years is a huge weight off Klein’s shoulders.
“It has been nerve-wracking but now that it is over I’m getting excited. I was stressed about it but now I know where I am going I can just concentrate on that,” said Klein.
Klein was never content to only play high school ball and has been a part of the rep Kitchener-Waterloo Lightning Juel (junior elite) team for the last two years under the watchful eye of head coach Bob Urosevic, who has helped guide her to reach her full potential on the court.
This year she will be a part of the newly formed Tri-county squad in the Juel league, a sort of all-star team made up of the best local basketball talent.
Klein is the first to praise her coaches for their hard work, drills and discipline leading her to accomplish a goal she has had since she was a grade school student.
“It has been a dream of mine to go to the States and play basketball since I was little and now that it is happening it is very exciting and overwhelming,” she said. “My coaches have been tough so I know I can handle the coach at Bryant. She is one tough cookie.”
Playing basketball since Grade 3, Klein says it is the competitiveness of the game that keeps her going.
When it came to decide which school to attend next year, Klein was courting three schools from the States: Iona University in New York, Stetson University in Florida and Bryant University in Rhode Island.
During a visit to Bryant she fell in love with the campus and felt the school would be a perfect place to call home for four years. Plus it was close enough to her family that she could come back when she needed to recharge.
“I’m not much of a city girl; I just really like the campus at Bryant. I loved everything about the school, it just clicked with me.”
She plans to study business and might possibly major in marketing but that is still open, she said.
On one of her visits to the college she had a chance to watch a practice and feels confident that she will be able to play well with the mostly American squad.
“I feel I’ll be able to keep up with them. I know I have the skills to be out on that court. I met most of the team and just fell in love with them and can’t wait until I am part of the team. I’m sure I will have fun there.”
Klein will be a part of the 2013-2014 team.