Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recruiting: Iona Women Add to Strong Guard Spot

He's another in the series looking at players joining MAAC programs for this season.

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- CASSIDEE RANGER (5-10 Forward, Hamilton H.S., Chandler, Ariz.): Reported to be a long-range shooter, who had six treys in one game this season. She was a finalist in the 3-point contest at the American Family H.S. Slam and 3-point competition.

- JOY ADAMS (5-11 Forward, Evans H.S., Orlando, Fla.): Career scholastic totals of 1,541 points and 1,081 bounds. Named Florida Athletic Coaches Association's 7A District 11 Player of the Year.

- JORDAN HENRY (6-3 Center, Marvin Ridge H.s. Waxhaw, N.C.): She averaged 13.9 points, 15.33 rebounds and 6.3 rebounds per game this past season, and had career totals of 1,021 points, 957 rebounds and 280 blocked shots. She was named Player of the Year by the Union County (N.C.) Weekly.

KALESIA JOHNSON (5-8 Guard, Poinciana H.S., Kissimee, Fla.): Averaged 18.7 points per game both as a senior and a junior. Averaged 6.0 assists per game as a senior. Named Osceola (Fla.) County Player of the Year last two seasons.

CHRISTINA RUBIN (5-9 Guard/Forward Moore Catholic H.S., Staten Island): She averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior. Finished with 1,308 career points and 182 three-pointers. Her high school has won four straight CHSAA Archdiocesan titles.

AALIYAH ROBINSON (5-9 Guard, Wilbur Cross H.s., Meriden, Conn.): Averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game this past season. Named to Connecticut's all-state team by the New Haven Register newspaper.

ANALYSIS: The Gaels already have one of the league's best backcourts in sophomores Damika Martinez and Aleesha Powell, and got even better there via recruiting. Both Robinson and Johnson played well on the team's four-game summer trip to Canada last month, as did forward Adams. Johnson, in particular, could be in line for significant minutes at point guard, although returnee Powell could get minutes there, too.

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