Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Recruiting: Iona Women Add Size, Quickness, Depth

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

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- Karynda DuPree, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard: She is a transfer from La Salle, and has to sit out the upcoming season. At La Salle she started 15 games and averaged 2.7 points per game. As a senior at Wisconsin Lutheran H.S. in 2011-12 she averaged 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.

- Aurellia Cammock, a 5-11 freshman forward: She averaged 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game at South Shore H.S. in Brooklyn last season. "She is a never-give-in type player, and is the most tenacious rebounder we have brought into this program since Anna McLean," was the comment from former Iona coach Tony Bozzella (now at Seton Hall) at the time of Cammock's signing.

- Spencer Gray, a 5-7 freshman point guard: Not a big scorer, she averaged 4.1 assists per game at Centerville H.S. in Ohio this past season. She averaged 3.8 assists per game as a junior. "Spencer has all the tools you want to see in your point guard," said Bozzella, at the time of Gray's signing. "Her quickness and playmaking abilities will enable her to continue the tradition of strong point guard play at Iona."

- Christina Rubin, a 5-9 redshirt freshman guard/forward: She was at Iona last season but redshirted due to an injury. She is a standout long-range shooter, having made 182 career three-pointers at Moore Catholic H.S. in Staten Island. As a high school senior she averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.

ANALYSIS: Those were strong words of recommendation former coach Bozzella had for Cammock, calling her the most tenacious rebounder since Anna McLean, particularly considering Iona's Joy Adams, now a sophomore, led the MAAC in rebounding this past season. Rubin should add some outside scoring for  team that can already score in bunches. All five starters are back from a year ago, which should allow the three freshmen to break in as role players, while DuPree gets a full season of practice before she becomes eligible next season, and she should step right in for current senior center Sabrina Jeridore.

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