Purcellville, VA (November 15, 2015) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Emily Thompson has commit to play basketball for the University of Mary Washington beginning the 2016-2017 academic school year.
“I was very excited to commit to the University of Mary Washington because I could see myself at the school and playing there, said Thompson. Now I can relax and enjoy my senior year and season.”
Mary Washington is recognized as one of the nation’s premier public, liberal arts and sciences institutions. Located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, UMW was ranked 16th in the US News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges Southern Regional Universities edition. With its classic Jeffersonian architecture, beautifully manicured grounds, sweeping campus walk and residence centers located amidst traditional lecture halls, UMW offers an unparalleled American college experience.
“My recruiting experience was not easy, said Thompson. I tore my ACL half way through my junior year so I could not play AAU during the spring and the summer last year. I also could not attend any camps or showcases during that time because I was not cleared to play. I was thankful many of the coaches recruiting me had seen me play my sophomore year with my AAU team and continued to follow me during my injury. Not playing in the spring and summer last year made me work hard to get cleared to play fall ball with my high school team and attend a few showcases. Coaches wanted to see me back after injury.”
Thompson’s college coach will be Deena Applebury. In a very short time Applebury brought UMW women’s basketball to the forefront in NCAA Division III basketball circles and earned one of the highest career winning percentages in NCAA Division III history. The 2011-12 season proved historic as Applebury led the UMW Eagles to 30 straight wins en route to its second-ever Elite Eight appearance and a 30-1 record. Applebury was named Coach of the Year by the CAC, VaSID and The Richmond Times-Dispatch for the state of Virginia, and named Region Coach of the Year by D3Hoops.com and the WBCA. The Eagles returned to the CAC Championship in 2014-15 for Applebury’s 10th 20-win campaign.
“I chose UMW because I was looking for a competitive college basketball team, said Thompson. The coaching staff is outstanding and I love the facilities!” Thompson also likes how UMW offers a master’s program in education and is fond of how close the campus is to home.
Thompson has played basketball since 3rd grade, and after honing her skills through Western Loudoun Basketball, she not only made the Loudoun Valley varsity team as a freshman, but also started. When asked about her fondest memories playing high school basketball Thompson shared, “When we beat Woodgrove during my sophomore year; the emotional high of beating your rival was great! I’ve also made so many friends from playing basketball and have played with and against some great talent. I even play with two of my best friends at Loudoun Valley and cannot ask for anything more than to play ball with them everyday.”
I am thankful for my family who has supported me playing basketball all these years. I am thankful for my parents for all their love and support. I am also thankful of my AAU coach, Rob Green; and my Loudoun Valley coaches, Kenyamo McFarlane, Stewart Wilcox and Mic Green for all their guidance and support.”
When asked what advice she’d give others pursuing their dream Thompson shared, “Work hard, get in the gym early and often, and always do the extra that distinguishes you from the other players.”
Please join us in wishing Emily Thompson the very best in her success on the basketball court and in the classroom as she pursues both a bachelors and masters degree in education.
In her three years of high school basketball, Thompson was received the following individual honors:
-2013 1st Team All-Conference
-2012 1st– Team All-Region
-2013 2nd Team All-State
-2013 All-Loudoun Basketball Team
-2013 Loudoun Valley Coaches Player of the Year.
-2014 1st Team All-Conference (Despite only playing 12 games due to tearing my ACL in the middle of the season.)
– LVHS record holder for 3 pointers in a game with 7 and consecutive made free throws in a game with 12.