Leesburg, Va. – Loudoun County High School senior Julia Ng has chosen to continue her basketball career at Division I Christopher Newport University starting in the 2018-2019 school year.
“Being committed to a college — especially as a rising senior — is extremely stress relieving because I know where I’m going to school and don’t have to worry about all the extra applications,” the 5-foot-10 small forward said. “I can now enjoy my senior year, not worried about college.”
Christopher Newport University — otherwise known as CNU — is a 260-acre public liberal arts university located in coastal Newport News, Virginia. CNU is ranked 14th in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges Regional University South. Outside the classroom students can get involved in more than 100 clubs, numerous fraternities and sororities and many campus events.
“I chose CNU not only because of the amazing opportunity to play basketball there but because I had a peace of mind every time I was on campus,” Ng said. “Every time I was with the girls on the team they acted like a family and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The coach was also super personable with me and you could tell right away that he loved what he was doing as a coach. The campus is by far the most beautiful campus in Virginia and has small class sizes which had me sold on CNU. I plan on majoring in teaching at CNU and doing their five-year Masters in Teaching program.”
The Division III Lady Captains basketball team had a fantastic 2016-17 season ending 29-3 overall and 16-2 in their conference. They are led by head coach Bill Broderick and assisted by Nicole Mitchell, Trinese Fox and Gregg Brooks.
“I think joining the Lady Captains basketball team, I will add onto the bond the girls have together as well as a positive attitude all the time,” Ng said.
Ng started playing basketball in third grade when she was seven-years-old and has loved the game ever since. She played CLBL and then started playing travel after her CLBL coach said he saw huge potential in her. Ng now plays club for the Fairfax Stars and in high school for the Loudoun County Raiders.
Ng played basketball her freshman year at Heritage High School and started on their varsity team as a freshman before transferring her sophomore year to Loudoun County High School and joining the Raider basketball program.
“My favorite part about basketball is the speed of the game,” Ng said. “I love how quick decisions have to be made.”
Throughout her high school career, Ng has made first team all-conference and honorable mention regional team her sophomore year. This past year, Ng made first team all-conference and second team all-region. Ng was also named on the All-Loco 2015-2016 Girls Basketball Second Team and this season was awarded All-Loco Girls Basketball Honorable Mention.
“The coach that has most influenced me as a player the most would have to be coach Derek Fisher, my high school coach,” Ng said. “He has been my high school coach for the past two-years as well as my AAU coach. He has continuously believed in me and pushed me to be the best player I can be. He has helped me figure out colleges I wanted to go to and inspires me to be a better basketball player.”
On March 2, Loudoun County fell to Lake Taylor in a VHSL 4A state semifinal, ending their 2016-2017 season with a 24-4 record, including a 9-1 record in Conference 21B.
“I am very happy with my high school team’s outcome because we made it to states last season!” Ng said. “My goal for our team next year would be to make it further in states than we did last year, and I know we will be able to do it with coaches Fisher, Prince and Early leading us all the way.”