WNBL: Liv Forster verbally commits to University of South Carolina Upstate

WNBL and WEABL talent Liv Forster has verbally committed to NCAA D1 school University of South Carolina Upstate.

The class of 2024 guard has been recruited by a number of D1 and D2 schools and has chosen USC Upstate after a lengthy recruitment process.

The GB U18 guard was named to the WEABL South Conference First Team in both of her two full seasons playing in the Academy Leagues and was MVP of the 2023 U18 National Championship winning game for Ipswich.

Forster was the U18W's MVP at last season's JFFs

A rising talent

The 5’6 sharpshooter has quickly established herself as one of the most exciting players in the Under 18 age groups, WEABL and WNBL.

She was a key contributor on the Ipswich team that won the U18 National League and Cup double in 2023, while finishing second in WNBL Division One in scoring in 2022/2023, despite being just seventeen years old.

Forster was also the leading scorer (11.3ppg) for the GB U18 women at last summer’s European Championships in Bulgaria.

Liv becomes the fifth D1 player to come out of the Ipswich's women's programme in the last three years, joining Esther Little (Gonzaga), Susannah Rafiu (Columbia), Anya Mackenzie (Tarleton State) and Christabel Osarobo (Gonzaga).

Prior to joining Ipswich, Forster was a key member of the Manchester Mystics junior programme – leading her club to the 2019 U14 National Championship.

Forster in action this season (Endeavour Ipswich Basketball)

Speaking about the move, Forster said:

“I am so excited to begin the next chapter of my life, it has been my goal and dream since I started playing basketball to play in the States which is now a reality.

"USC Upstate are an amazing programme with great coaches, players, and people which for me was the most important thing.

"This opportunity is not just about basketball, it is about who I will spend four years of my young adulthood with, and I believe I have made the perfect choice.’’

Ipswich head coach Nick Drane added: "What an incredible opportunity this is for Liv, and if anyone deserves this, she does.

In many ways, Liv has become one of the faces of Ipswich Basketball over the last few years, and she has the personality, talent and character to lead a programme. Liv is one of the best players I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and I will miss working with her on a daily basis massively.

"It would be wrong to not mention the Manchester programme and their part in this journey, as well as all of the other coaches that worked with Liv before she came to Ipswich.

"They did not stand in the way of Liv deciding to move on and that says a lot about the great people working at their club”.

Forster and her Ipswich team mate will be lining up at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre this weekend as they take on Thames Valley Cavaliers for the WNBL National Cup. For more on this story or to purchase tickets for this weekend, please click the buttons below.



Main image credit - Richard Leach