Lady Bulldog's Class of 2014!
August 31, 2010
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Briarcliffe College Coach Jay Lynch has recruited some of the metro area’s top basketball players to join an already nationally ranked women’s basketball team this fall. These young ladies certainly have proven their abilities at the High School/AAU level and will continue their careers at the small Bethpage campus.
Uniondale HS product Ifeanyi Ofili was named Nassau County Conference 1 Player of the Year. Ifeanyi is one of the most explosive player’s in the NY area and plays defensively as well as any player on Long Island. She is projected to make a major impact in her upcoming freshmen season. Long Island Girl’s Hoops has Ifeanyi rated as the 6th best senior on the island. She was named to Nassau County’s senior all-star team that competed against the top seniors in Suffolk County this spring. Uniondale lost a heart breaking overtime game to Baldwin in the Nassau County Championship game this year.
Joining Ms. Ofili this fall at BC will be Nassau County Conference 3 Player of the Year Natasha Hurd out of Long Beach HS. She will provide the Lady Bulldogs with another super quick guard who can shoot the “3” as well as drive to the basket. Having two players who were bestowed Conference Player’s of The Year by the Nassau Counties girls basketball coaches association is something that both of these young ladies earned with their tireless efforts in the gym. Natasha has worked extremely hard both on and off the court according to Long Beach HS Coach Lori DeVivio. Tay played for various AAU programs over the years and her hard work has certainly paid off.
As Briarcliffe attempts to win a USCAA national basketball title for the first time it will only help that some players attending BC this fall have won NY State Class “AA” championships the last 2 years. Christ the King HS in Maspeth ,Queens is the defending 2010 “AA” champion and Sasha Santamaria, who played a major role in helping that team accomplish the feat ,will be adding her versatility to the Lady Bulldogs. A top notch fundamentally sound player at both ends of the court with championship experience is just what the doctor ordered to deliver the USCAA National Championship to Long Island. Briarcliffe is no stranger to USCAA National championships with baseball winning the 2010 and soccer the 2008 titles.
Judith Pierre also can boast a class “AA” state championship while playing her junior year at Copiague HS. Copiague won the title in 2009. Judy will step in and be asked to display her outstanding ability immediately for the Bethpage school. With Judy’s scoring punch and lethal three point shot many teams will have match-up problems against this Suffolk County Senior All-Star. Judy’s hard work with local AAU powerhouse the Silver Bullets has certainly paid off. Joining her on the wing will be fellow Suffolk County Senior All-Star Jessica Little.
Jessica Little will join fellow all-star Judy Pierre to patrol the wings in Coach Lynch’s system. At one point in her junior year Ms. Little lead all of LI’s players with 3 pointers made with 37 mid-season. With coaches affinity for the 3 point shot and Jessica’s track record at Wyandanch HS things could get pretty interesting at the Island Garden this year. Island Garden is the home of Briarcliffe College women’s basketball. In coach’s system Judy will also feel right at home. With Judy and Jessica on the wings the schools record of 14 - 3 pointers made in a game just might fall. That record was set last season and with this recruiting class and their ability there is a very good chance history will be re-written. Ms. Little is rated as the 18th top senior prospect on LI by Li girls hoops also. Judy and Jessica will join senior captain Nina Creese on the wing this season. While a senior at Wingate HS Ms. Creese lead all of NYC in scoring at 32ppg. Nina was also named to the all-tournament team at the Great Ships Classic in Newport News, Va. last fall. These three young ladies should complement each other well.
The class of 2014 will also have Roosevelt HS power forward Simone Thomas. Simone and Tay Hurd were both members of another top metro area AAU program when they played for Team Noah. Simone can dominate the paint and also will be called upon to use her soft outside shooting touch to put in a few “3’s” . Simone, like many of her new team mates, was heavily recruited but ultimately choose to continue her education and playing career at Briarcliffe College where she will join Sasha Santamaria in the well regarded graphic design major. Ms. Thomas is a welcome addition to the class of 2014 and is a pre-season choice to join some of her other highly touted freshman team mates on the USCAA All-American team. Look for many highlights from this talented young student athlete. She will join senior Co - Captain Laura McTaggart to form a strong, solid inside presence. Laura is returning for her final season from Rockin, CA in quest of her first USCAA National Championship. Laura was an All-American softball player for BC.
Team Noah AAU and Francis Lewis HS point guard Shenita Urquhart will be asked to run the point in her freshman year and throughout her career at BC. Another highly touted player who has chosen to attend BC this fall will have the ball in her hands in many situations for the young Lady Bulldogs. The task is nothing new for this extremely talented true point guard who can also nail the “3”. The backcourt should be a strong point of the BC Lady Bulldogs with Shenita, Natsha Hurd and Ifeanyi Ofili all ready to go. Add sophomore Jasmine-Castro Lopez, who, was NYC’s leader in assists per game at 11pg in her senior year at Wings HS and the guard position is set for a while.
Wantagh HS captain Patricia “Sis” Simpson will continue her career with BC this fall also. A solid 2 way player who has also played AAU basketball for another top - notch program, the LI Lightning, was one of the first to sign. An outstanding leader on and off the court whose versatility and 3 point touch will only add to the bulldogs quest for the USCAA National Championship. A starter at Wantagh HS for years “Sis” was called upon to play many roles in high school. Coach Lynch was thrilled when Ms. Simpson decided to attended the local college and stay home. She will be expected to contribute right away and is very comfortable playing in her new coach’s system.
Sy-asia Napper has signed on to play this fall at BC. Another multi-dimensional athlete who can run the court and defend well will be a welcome addition. Ms.Napper also played her high school ball in Suffolk County and decided to stay home. BC will call upon Sy-asia in many ways this upcoming year. She will join sophomore’s Angie Bayona and Analiz Fernandez in multi-tasking roles this year.