St. Mary’s Paris McCarthy has just announced that she has committed to East Tennessee State University (ETSU) having secured a full scholarship in the NCAA division one college – which she will take up in August of this year.
An absolutely thrilled Paris said “It’s crazy, this is something I have dreamed about since I was 11 and I can’t believe now that it is actually happening,” in reaction to the news.
“Head coach of women’s basketball in ETSU is Simon Harris, who in 2009 played Superleague in Ireland with Moycullen,” said St. Mary’s PRO Liz Galwey.
Liz provided the following information on the move by Paris with a rundown on her many successes over the years.
“The East State Buccaneers women’s team play in the NCAA Division 1 Southern Conference and in 2018 they came second in the conference and qualified for the final 16.
Paris has been capped for Ireland 25 times; she represented her country at U-16 level in 2019 when the Ireland squad travelled to Bulgaria for the FIBA European championships.
19 Caps at U-16 Level
She picked up19 caps at this age level and another six this year playing the FIBA European Challenge ‘A’ competition with the Irish U-18 squad in Klatovy in the Czech Republic.
She has numerous All Ireland titles in Community Games basketball with Castleisland, several county league and cup titles with St. Mary’s at all levels.
With Kerry, she has won two U-14 All-Ireland titles and was on the U-16 Kerry team which made the All Ireland playoffs.
Paris coaches both the U-14 division one and division three teams in her club. She is assistant coach of the U-14 girls Basketball Ireland Regional Academy for the South West where the head head coach is Currow native, Conor Brosnan.
Paris plays schools basketball with Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí. Her team there has played three games in the ‘B’ division this season and remain undefeated at this time.
She was a member of the division one ladies team which finished runners-up in the national league in the 2019/20 season. She now plays at the highest level with Team Garvey’s / St. Mary’s Super-league team and she is currently trying out for the Irish U-20 squad.”
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