Tamworth basketballer makes it big in the US

FORMER Tamworth Thunderbolt junior basketball star Carly Boag  has received another major award in her impressive American collegiate career as she prepares to go professional.

Carly Boag lays one in for her MSU Beavers as she now treads the professional path.

Carly Boag lays one in for her MSU Beavers as she now treads the professional path.

Boag has dazzled for her Mino State University Beavers team.

She has had a standout senior season, breaking school and conference records, some of them her own.

Boag became the first Beaver to claim the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year Award and now she has added the prestigious North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s College Female Athlete of the Year award to her impressive resume.

A proud native of Tamworth, she often answers questions of which state she’s from with: “New South Wales”.

Her Beaver coach Sheil Green said sometimes “you take it (Carly’s season) for granted”.

“It seems harder talking about her now that her season and career have ended, realising how absolutely incredible that kid was during the ride. 

“Now you look back and go, ‘Wow, I got to rely on that and that’s a big piece of the puzzle we won’t have.’”

During her senior campaign, Boag averaged 22.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals. Her 602 points broke both the MSU and NSIC single-season scoring records and her 46 points against Upper Iowa in the first round of the NSIC tournament set both school and tourney marks. 

She finished her career as MSU’s all-time leader in career points (1793), rebounds (1018) and blocks (107). 

She is the only MSU player – male or female – to reach 1500 points and 1000 rebounds.

Since the spring semester ended, Boag has participated in a 10-day basketball tour in Europe – mostly in Italy – and signed with an agent. 

Her mother, Di Boag said she would turn pro and play in Europe.

“She’s narrowed it down to France, Italy or Spain,” her mother said.

“She’s one of very few Australians to make their All American side but she’s a very proud Tamworthian.”

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