Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Recruiting: Siena Women Fill Needs

Here's another in the series looking at incoming players to conferece programs.

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- Kelsey Booth, 6-2 forward, East Hampton (Conn.) H.S.

She averaged 19.5 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a high school senior.

"Kelsey is a very active forward," said said Siena coach Gina Castelli. "She can score both inside and out. Her energy and scoring ability will fit in nicely with the style we play. She has the potential to make an immediate impact in our program."

Your hoopscribe saw Booth play several times in the 2010 GymRat Challenge AAU tournament, and was impressed. She showed an ability to play both inside and outside. She also fielded offers from several Atlantic 10 teams.

- Tehresa Coles, 5-9 guard, Colonie (N.Y.) H.S.

She averaged 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.1 assists per game as a high school senior.

"We are very excited and honored to have Tehresa Coles join our program," said Castelli. "Her athleticism and intensity at both ends of the floor will compliment nicely with the players we have returning and those coming in. I feel she is really going to be a defensive nightmare for teams as she is one of the quickest and fastest players in our program. I am also delighted to have a local standout player like Tehresa in our program. She is a standout guard at Colonie High and also one of great character."

Your hoopscribe has also seen Coles play on a number of occasions, and she uses rare quickness and athleticism to her benefit at both ends of the court.

- Ida Krough, 6-0 guard, Aarhus, Denmark.

She averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Aabyhoj club team in Demnark this past season.

She also has international experience, having played for the U-18 Danish team in the European Championships last summer."Ida is a very, very special player," Castelli added. "We feel very fortunate to have her and to compliment our other international players. She is a gifted perimeter player with excellent offensive skills and a hard working defensive player. She too has the potential to make an immediate impact in our program."

Kim Lysius Cote, 5-10 guard/forward, Champlain College in Saint Lambert, Quebec.

She averaged about 20 points and eight rebounds per game this past season.

"I feel we have a steal in Kim Lysius Cote," commented Castelli. "She is a strong, athletic and fundamentally sound guard that is a versatile scorer. Her potential to do great things here at Siena is enormous. I am looking forward to having her in our program and to help her grow as a player."

Janine Davis, 5-7 point guard, transfer from George Washington University.

Originally was going to attend Adelphi University, a Division II school, before opting to chose Siena. She led GW in assists with 61 as a freshman, but an injury limited her playing time during her sophomore year. She can practice, but not play, this season and has two remaining years of eligibility beginning in the 2012-13 season.

ANALYSIS: This appears to be a very strong group. Siena graduated its two starting inside players, so Booth should get time early. Coles is one of the best perimeter players to come out of the Capital Region in several years. Krough, according to some who have seen her play, will eventually become an impact player at this level, and Lysius Cote is a versatile player at both ends. Davis was a highly rated recruit coming out of high school. This group should ensure Siena has some good years ahead.

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