Basketball Wall Street: Shoot Around
Basketball Wall Street: Shoot Around
“Basketball wise, I think the international players are great. They have a fundamental establishment that they are taught at a young age.” Said Drexel Women’s Basketball coach, Denise Dillon. Who recruits heavily overseas, and has had 15 international players in 15 seasons. Including the 2010 team that featured 5 foreign born student-athletes. Between the influx of international players, junior college, and the transfer portal. The hopes of a division I scholarship coming to fruition will be a difficult task for a lot of student-athletes moving forward. “The Majority of coaches in America are afraid of their players. The NCAA and the athletic directors, and the society have made them afraid of their players.” Said Geno Auriemma, who has recently gone with the trend of international players from Croatia, Poland and Great Britain. After having success years ago in Storrs with Svetlana Abrosimova, a 6-foot-2 Russian that was selected 7th overall in the 2001 WNBA draft.
Alexandra Tarul, the 5-foot-10 2021 recruit attends St John’s Prep High School (Astoria, NY). The Bronx, New York native’s stock is up as a skilled, big guard prospect with elite passing and scoring ability. Her play on the basketball court mirrors her outstanding academic prowess in the classroom. After a strong performance at the USA Basketball U16 Trials in Colorado, Tarul is ready for the second half of the NCAA live period.
The Niagara Women’s Basketball program just picked up two class of 2020 guards:
Brooklyn Jones 5-8 from Pittsburgh and Lamariyee Williams 5-8 out of Michigan. Head Coach Jada Pierce contract has been extended through the 2022-23 season after a four year tenure, upstate New York.
Danielle Santos is back at Hofstra, this time as the head coach. Santos, is a sharp, hard-working coach that will put forth the maximum effort recruiting, to inject new life into a faded program after a long tenure by former head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey.
Big overhaul for the 2019-20 LaSalle Women’s Basketball Program. New head coach Mountain MacGillivray, turned the roster around adding 5 freshman and one transfer player into the mix. Two of those frosh players are the Jacobs twins from Australia. Molly Masciantonio, a local talent from the Philly Comets organization, is a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from Holy Family University.
Sedona Prince, a 6-foot-7 post player from Texas is set to visit UConn this June. The former Texas Longhorn fractured her right leg competing for the U18 USA Basketball Team in August of 2018 and subsequently missed the entire 2018-19 season. At some point, players are going to have to choose which one is more important, USA Basketball or the school you have signed a National-Letter-of-Intent to as a student-athlete. In need of a true post to protect Olivia Nelson-Ododa, maybe coach Auriemma can shape Prince into a Stefanie Dolson type of player production wise.
After the first part of the NCAA live period, 6-foot-2 Wing Jersey Wolfenbarger’s, stock has gone through the roof playing for the Arkansas Banshee organization. Program director Nathan Sadler understands the fabric of travel basketball and where it is today. Sadler, made sure to have correspondence with BBWSUSA to facilitate his program’s rosters and information to reach and cover a broader demographic of people. Look for BBWSUSA to have some updated media and info on the Banshee program after the second live period in Georgia.
The Baylor Women’s Basketball Program and coach Kim Mulkey, hold strong in the state of Texas, winning an important recruiting battle with UConn for prized recruit Hannah Gusters, a 6-foot-4 post from Irving, TX. Mulkey’s moxie, sass, and vivacious character resonates well with her players and they adore her for it. She is also 2-0 in championships games against Notre Dame and Muffet McGraw.