02.20.13: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team has signed its first recruit for the 2013-2014 season. Dutch basketball player Marlou Peters (Nijmegen, Netherlands) has given her verbal commitment to attend the Community College of Rhode Island next year. Peters is currently applying and going through the extensive international enrollment process.
Marlou comes to CCRI from Nijmegen, a municipality in the eastern Netherlands near the German border. Peters is a 6 foot 1 inch tall post player who will fit right into the Lady Knights’ system. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented, “We are very excited that Marlou chose to come to CCRI. She is very athletic and is excellent around the basket. She brings a great set of skills and is going to make a big impact on our program.”
Peters is a student at Johan Cruyff Institute for Sports Studies in Nijmegen, a school known for educating only the top athletes in the country. [Cruyff was a top international footballer (soccer player) for the Netherlands]. Only student-athletes that play at the highest level of their respective sports are chosen for entry into the school. Marlou plays for the Black Eagles of Rosmalen in the Promotiedivisie, which is the Dutch equivalent to Division I AAU, and has also played internationally for the for the Dutch National team. Coach Lynch added “Marlou is going to be a great addition to our program. She has already played at the highest level in her country and brings a lot of maturity and experience. We are really looking forward to seeing her in green and white.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.