Women's Basketball | 5/31/2018 2:30:00 PM
MONTREAL – Ryan Thorne
, head coach of the McGill University women's basketball team has announced that four products of the Quebec provincial program, two of them transfers from NCAA colleges, have signed letters of intent to play for the Martlets.
Forward Sirah Diarra
, a 6-foot-2 centre from the Clemson Tigers, will suit up alongside guard Delphine St-Cyr-Robitaille
, a 5-foot-10 forward from the University of Central Florida. Two others, both from the Champlain College Cavaliers in St. Lambert, Que., are Shayann Laguerre
of Laval, Que., and Trishia Villedrouin
The "Fantastic Four" round out the 2018 recruiting class, which also includes Jaya Sandhu
, a guard from Holy Cross high school in Surrey, B.C., and Nell Hoogeveen
, a forward from South West Academy in Barrie, Ont.
"We are truly excited to have commitments of this calibre joining our program," said Thorne, who has lost three seniors to graduation, including league MVP Alex Kiss-Rusk
, now part of the Canadian national program. "This may be our deepest recruiting classes ever. I think every day in practice will be a battle, which can only make us better come game time."
Diarra, a native of Longueuil, Que., who previously was a two-time all-star at Champlain and a CCAA second-team all-Canadian, was ranked as the eighth highest recruit in Canada when she accepted a scholarship to Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference, where she studied psychology.
"Diarra brings a strong presence inside, with a great mix of physicality and touch," notes Thorne. "Her experience playing in the ACC, will be just what we need in a physical RSEQ conference."
St-Cyr-Robitaille, a three-point specialist from Greenfield Park on Montreal's South Shore, starred for College Edouard-Montpetit, where she won the league's rookie-of-the-year award and was a second-team all-star in 2014-15 before accepting a scholarship to Central Florida last spring.
"Delphine is a talented guard, who can play at both the point or shooting-guard spot. She has great ball-handling skills, passing and shooting, which make her a true offensive triple threat."
Laguerre was a first-team all-star at Champlain, where she ranked among the Top 3 in the CEGEP league for both scoring and rebounding
"I think she will be a great fit for us, as she can contribute immediately at both ends of the floor," notes Thorne.
Villedrouin is a talented 5-foot-8 guard from Montreal who can score points.
"She has the ability to change a game with her long range shooting and her ability to penetrate off the dribble," says the McGill coach.
Thorne, who guided the RSEQ champion Martlets to a stellar 24-9 record overall, including an 11-5 second-place finish in league play. They fell two games shy of their third straight 26-win season and ended up fourth at the 2018 Nationals after winning their first-ever national championship in 2017. Aside from the loss of the aforementioned Kiss-Rusk, the graduating seniors include guard Frederique Potvin
of Ste. Julie, Que., and forward Marie-Love Michel
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