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King’s Women’s Basketball has completed the signing of Lily Van Beek of Saint John, New Brunswick. Able to play at either guard or post, the 183 cm (6’0 foot) Van Beek is a product of the Lancaster Minor Basketball Association (LMBA). Now in her senior year with the Saint John High School Greyhounds in the NBIAA, Van Beek has played four seasons at the high school level, earning JV Rookie of the Year in Grade 9, JV MVP as well as captain in Grade 10 and Varsity Rookie of the Year in Grade 11. Lily’s high school accomplishments led to being called up to practice with the Port City Fog; Saint John’s semi-pro women’s team competing in the Maritime Women’s Basketball Association. In addition to her playing career, Van Beek makes time to give back to the basketball community, serving as a local coach with LMBA and earning her refereeing certification with the interscholastic league.
“I initially chose King’s, not for its athletics, but for its fascinating Foundation Year. When I found out I would be able to take this program while continuing to play the sport that I love, I was overjoyed,” says Van Beek. “I am also the recipient of the Carrie and Ralph Wright Memorial Scholarship, which I am very grateful to have received and which will permit me to enjoy my studies at King’s.”
While playing for the Blue Devils, Lily intends to study in the Foundation Year Program, with an interest in English and Political Science. “I’m really excited to spend a year studying some of the world’s greatest books and to get to play basketball at the same time. I was actually born in Halifax, so I look forward to moving back to my roots.”