Monday, August 22, 2011

Recruiting: Iona Women Add Key Parts

Here's another in the series looking at incoming players to MAAC programs for the coming season.

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- Aleesha Powell, 5-6 point guard, William Penn Charter School of Philadelphia.

She averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game as a senior.
"I am really excited to have a player of Aleesha’s character and ability joining our Iona women’s basketball family,” said Iona coach Tony Bozzella. “I am sure she will follow in the footsteps in our great point guard tradition here at Iona.”

- Jiya Dorcas-Eye, 6-2 center, Northwest Florida State JC

The native of Lagos, Nigera, averaged 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this past season.

"I am so excited that Jiya has committed to our family. She is a wonderful young woman with tremendous personal qualities and values. I feel that she will have an immediate impact in our program and I am really excited to coach her during the next two years,” said Bozzella.

Damika Martinez, 5-7 point guard, O.H. Platt H.S., Meriden, Conn.

She averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season.

"Damika can do so many different things from both guard positions on the floor. She is a dynamic player who I feel will have an immediate impact on our team," said Bozzella.

Briana Graham, 6-0 forward, Martin Luther King H.S., Dearborn, Mich.

She averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game this past season.

"Briana will bring a toughness and aggressiveness to our team at both the guard and post positions. She is a true competitor who will have an exceptional career here at Iona," said Bozzella.

ANALYSIS: Iona's primary weakness last year was at the point guard position, and it brings in two very good ones. Martinez was ranked among the top 25 high school point guards nationally by one recruiting service, and can play either back-court position. Dorcas-Eye is an athletic "big" who will likely come off the bench and help out with rebounding and shot-blocking. Graham is a rugged post player who should have an eventual impact.

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