Thursday, October 18, 2012

Women's Recruiting: Jarosz a 'Big' Help For Marist

Here's another in the series looking at players joining conference programs for the coming season.

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- MADELINE BLAIS (6-1 forward/guard, New Hampton School, Exeter, N.H.): She averaged 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 blocks per game last season and some scouting services rated her the top high school player in New Hampshire. Your Hoopscribe saw her play extensively in the upstate New York's GymRat Challenge in 2011. She was selected to the event's all-tournament team and the report on her indicated she is a good shooter with three-point range, a decent ball-handler for a player her size and possessed good court vision.

- SYDNEY COFFEY (6-0 guard, New Hope H.S., Hopkins, Minn.): No senior statistics available for Coffey, but she was rated by one recruiting site as the third-best high school player in Minnesota last season. She did average 10.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior.

- DELANEY HOLLENBECK (6-5 center, Alpharetta, Ga., H.S.): No high school statistics are available from her senior season, but she finished her career with 430 total blocks. She was rated, by one service, as the 27th-best high school center in the country last season.

- EILEEN VAN HORN (5-8 guard, Waukesa, Wis., South H.S.): She averaged 14.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last season as a high school senior. Said to be a skilled, versatile player.

- TORI JAROSZ (6-3 center, transfer from Vanderbilt): She sat out last season as a transfer, and will join Marist with three years of eligibility. She only played 15 total minutes as a freshman at Vandy, yet still had eight rebounds and blocked four shots. As a high school senior at Lakeland H.S. in Cortland Manor, N.Y., she averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks per game. Your Scribe also saw her in the GymRat challenge a few years ago, and she is a try strong post player.

ANALYSIS: As good as Marist has been in recent years, it has struggled, particularly last season, to have a regular contributor from the paint. Jarosz will immediately solve that problem, and Hollenbeck appears likely to help out there, too. And, as if the Red Foxes don't have enough returning perimeter talent ... the three incoming perimeter players all look capable of fitting in immediately. To coin a cliche when it comes to this Marist recruiting class: the rich get richer.

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