FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A lifetime of hard work and dedication to her craft will finally pay off for Amanda Frost as the former Lumberjack All-American's dream of becoming a professional basketball player is right in front of her. Last week, Frost agreed to play for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico to start her professional career and will immediately begin with the team next month.
"It's really surreal and I still don't believe it yet," Frost said. "Maybe it hasn't kicked in yet that I'm a professional basketball player. I'm lost for words and it's so exciting. This is what I've been working for. There's still more hard work that has to be done, but it's a relief that I'm finally here."
Since her NAU career came to a close in March, Frost has not rested in pursuit of her dream. In April, she was one of the standout players chosen to be a member of the Pro Selected Team at the Nashville Women's International Showcase at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. Since graduating with her degree last month from Northern Arizona University, she returned home to California where she has been participating in a variety of workouts concentrating on her ball handling, shooting and working on getting to the rim faster against her defender one-on-one.
Frost generated a lot of interest with her post-collegiate workouts from teams in Greece and Sweden and recently received an offer from a team in Romania. However, once she heard from Gigantes de Carolina – the second-ranked team in the country's BSNF league – she knew Puerto Rico was her destination.
"I'm a beach person so Puerto Rico suited me," said the Riverside, Calif. native. "I liked the combination of being able to play basketball and being by the beach. Once I got all the information about the team, they're ranked number-two in their conference, it automatically felt like a good fit."
Frost left NAU as the program's ninth-leading scorer with 1,079 points following her record-breaking senior season. She earned All-Big Sky First Team honors and was named a Mid-Major All-American by College Sports Madness after leading the Big Sky with 22.5 points per game, which ranked 10th in the country. Frost set new single season school records for points scored (652), scoring average (22.5), field goals made (234), three-pointers per game (2.52) and free throw percentage (.867). She was also among the conference's elite with 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.