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Echo Live featured alumna Jessica Scannell in "Basketball has allowed talented Jessica Scannell to travel the world"

05/18/2020

Echo Live featured alumna Jessica Scannell in "Basketball has allowed talented Jessica Scannell to travel the world"

I then transferred to Pace University in New York after my senior year.

“I was lucky enough to receive another full scholarship there, and complete my masters degree. I was also lucky enough to play for one of the best coaches I’ve ever had the honor to learn from, Carrie Seymour.

“She really taught me that you can’t think when you play, you have to simply be in the moment, how to read the game, and how to teach others to read and react too.

“It really set me up for my professional career too because I played almost 40 minutes a game that year.

“So if I didn’t transfer and finish out my college career at Pace, I wouldn’t have had the stats to continue playing as a professional.

“So in some ways, my concussions were a blessing in disguise.

“That’s one thing I would say to any Irish players looking to go to the States.

“Don’t worry about playing Division 1 or Division 2 college basketball, instead make sure it’s a school where you can achieve your academic goals, where you will receive the best scholarship, and be looked after as a person and where you can really grow, learn and enjoy the game.

“As a 17-year-old, I wish I hadn’t been so focused on the prestige of a Division 1 scholarship.”

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