Emily Scholtes. (Image: Gippsland United Basketball Website).

Victorian young gun Emily Scholtes will be taking flight for the Thunderbirds after committing to Southern Utah University.

Australian basketballer Emily Scholtes announced via Twitter that she will be committing to Southern Utah University’s women’s basketball team.

“I’m excited to announce my commitment to play @suuwbasketball. I want to thank Coach @tsanders34 and Coach @al_faz for believing in me. I want to thank all my past squad and @basketball_vic coaches and @aussie_basketball_usa who have guided me in my basketball journey,” she said on Twitter.

“And finally thank my parents and family for their ongoing love and support. It’s incredible that my junior career has been as a T-Bird and now I get to play Div1 Basketball as a T-Bird.”

The 6-foot guard/forward from Traralgon will be heading off to the States to play college basketball. It follows a successful stint in the Big V with Gippsland United, where her side was crowned the year’s champions after defeating the Panthers.

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During her time with Gippsland, Scholtes averaged 10.59 points and seven rebounds per game, seeing her named a finalist for the All-Star Five / MVP and Youth Player of the Year categories in this year’s Big V awards. She was also recently selected to represent Basketball Victoria in next year’s U20 Australian championships.

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