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NewXbo

Basketball Recruits

Coach Grentz had a tall blond and her family on campus this weekend. What can you tell us about her Ransom Stottard?
Ransom Stoddard

Re: Basketball Recruits

NewXbo wrote:
Coach Grentz had a tall blond and her family on campus this weekend. What can you tell us about her Ransom Stottard?


That very well could have been our Canadian freshman - I think she is taking a summer class.
NewXbo

Re: Basketball Recruits

Ransom Stoddard wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Coach Grentz had a tall blond and her family on campus this weekend. What can you tell us about her Ransom Stottard?


That very well could have been our Canadian freshman - I think she is taking a summer class.


I saw the Canadian girl last year on her visit. She is much bigger than 6", I would say at least 6'5". It's been awhile but I think her hair is darker and a much bigger body. This girl was about 6'. I was hoping she was a recruit for next year, thought you were the guy to know as you seem to be close to the program.
Andy

good guess that Angela looks like this:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGoDEyMUcAAqQxM.jpg:large
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:
good guess that Angela looks like this:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGoDEyMUcAAqQxM.jpg:large


Can alums get an individualized "Summer Workout" program too?  Some of us need one . . .  Cool
Andy

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Andy wrote:
good guess that Angela looks like this:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGoDEyMUcAAqQxM.jpg:large


Can alums get an individualized "Summer Workout" program too?  Some of us need one . . .  Cool


They were too ambitious for me.  I modified down. Today, do what we can and pass the Ibuprofen.  

Awesome that freshmen can come in early for a class and workout with teammates. Great luck to Angela as she starts out.
NewXbo

She's not the girl Grentz had with her in Giacomos. May be a 2016 possible recruit.
rollpards12

Giacomos is my favorite place to go to for lunch! Glad to see Coach Grentz is showing off the Easton / Lafayette community to our recruits.
Andy

Coach G got a 2016 verbal today from Sarah Agnello, SG/W 5-10 , Villa Marie Academy, Erie, PA  The third D-1 signing from Villa Marie's junior class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6qMHyZW8BM

http://www.goerie.com/article/201...he-week-sarah-agnello-villa-maria

Coach Chuzie: 'While Sarah is a tremendous shooter and defender, I believe it's intelligence that sets her apart.'

Prep-Villa ŝ@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I hope my experience at Lafayette  is similar to the one I have had so far at Villa, and I couldn't be more excited'

Prep-Villa ‏@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I was looking for a school that offered the best of academics and athletics and found that at Lafayette,' Sarah said

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHP4SWHW4AA3Z0A.jpg
Andy

Another 2016 commitment - Tasha Vipond PF  6-1 Iowa

32 ACT, just sayin'.   Engineering.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2248319/highlights/234462964/v2
bison137

It seems like the combination of scholarships and the PL becoming much stronger in women's basketball has really expanded recruiting horizons.   Bucknell also has a recruit from Iowa entering this year - along with one from California.   And the 2016 class includes one from Florida and one from Arkansas.     It would have been rare a few years ago to see recruits from that far away.
ed65

Good thought by Bison.  Agree that expanding the recruiting horizons results from athletic scholarships and overall PL league improvement.  It makes sense that recruiters offering athletic scholies have an advantage
over those who don't.  (Ivies excepted?)
Andy

Reasonable to assume Coach G will have more national contacts than say our hire from Muhlenberg.   At LC geographic diversity of recruiting in women's hoops hasn't really translated to an increase in quality - has it?  Our best - VVDV (pre-schol), Homan, Keisha - were from the local area, Keisha from MD.

Comparing the pre-schol 05'06' roster to the post-schols does show much greater geographic diversity as 137 points out, but it's not a brand new thing here.  The 2010 roster had 3 players from Cali and 1 each from Wisc, Texas, Mich, VA.  Just hasn't done much for the win total.
Lafalum

I think in recent years since the other schools have had scholarships as well we have done well to be at least competitive in the league. But I go back to our entire athletic program and we have not been dominant in the last two or three years in anything! We have had flashes but don't seem to be able to sustain it. I'm not sure why but it does go beyond just scholarships, but our entire approach. Just speculating.
Andy

Lafalum wrote:
I think in recent years since the other schools have had scholarships as well we have done well to be at least competitive in the league.


Unfortunately, as far as women's bball is concerned, this has not been the case.  Yes, the women won 8 PL games this year (8-10), their highest total in at least 15 years. However, prior to that, the highest total were the 2006 (5) and 2007 (6) seasons - teams led by non-scholarship players, VVDV, Spicer, Garner. Since then 2-12, 4-10, 4-10, 2-12, 4-10 and 8-10.

The 2-12 08'-'09 team did win 2 playoff games (Spicer, Garner).
bison137

Andy wrote:
Lafalum wrote:
I think in recent years since the other schools have had scholarships as well we have done well to be at least competitive in the league.


Unfortunately, as far as women's bball is concerned, this has not been the case.  Yes, the women won 8 PL games this year (8-10), their highest total in at least 15 years. However, prior to that, the highest total were the 2006 (5) and 2007 (6) seasons - teams led by non-scholarship players, VVDV, Spicer, Garner. Since then 2-12, 4-10, 4-10, 2-12, 4-10 and 8-10.




You make a good point, although LC was actually 6-12 this year.   The 8-10 was the previous year.    Both of those records were helped by the addition of Loyola and Boston to the league, since they both have weak women's programs - the two worst in the league since they joined.    To make the records apples-to-apples, the record for the two most recent years against the seven traditional PL opponents was 3-11 this year and 5-9 last year.     That makes the most recent years look like:

3-11  (2014-15)
5-9
4-10
2-12
4-10
4-10
2-12   (2008-09)


Definitely a lot of room for improvement.
Andy

Good post, 137.  

First scholarship class admitted in spring 2006, but first full cycle recruiting class was the next year and it had some talent - Keisha, Virgin, Jackson.

In the 8 seasons (most played w/out scholarships in a scholarship league) from 2000-2007, the Leopards averaged 3 PL wins per season. (24/eight)

In the past 7 seasons, 3.4 PL wins per season. (subtracting the wins over the expansion teams per 137's post). (24/7)

This really puts the Nolan years in perspective. (22/6 3.6)
carney2

Yada yada.  Pretty simple - we need better players.  If our "name" coaching staff can't get them, they are much ado about nothing.  The 2017-2018 season should be the target.  If we don't show signs of emerging from this toilet by then, ...
Andy

Alexis Santarelli 6-2 F Bishop Eustace/Philly Belles has given Coach G a 2016 verbal commitment per Belles director Kevin Lynch.
Andy

Alexis:

http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss...orts/high_school&id=364466961

Talented incoming class.
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
Coach G got a 2016 verbal today from Sarah Agnello, SG/W 5-10 , Villa Marie Academy, Erie, PA  The third D-1 signing from Villa Marie's junior class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6qMHyZW8BM

http://www.goerie.com/article/201...he-week-sarah-agnello-villa-maria

Coach Chuzie: 'While Sarah is a tremendous shooter and defender, I believe it's intelligence that sets her apart.'

Prep-Villa ŝ@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I hope my experience at Lafayette  is similar to the one I have had so far at Villa, and I couldn't be more excited'

Prep-Villa ‏@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I was looking for a school that offered the best of academics and athletics and found that at Lafayette,' Sarah said

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHP4SWHW4AA3Z0A.jpg



Watched her play today in the PIAA class AAA championship game vs Archbishop Wood.  Neither she nor her team had a good game today, losing 46-29.  Agnello scored all 8 of her teams points in the first quarter as they led 8-5.   By the end of the half Wood had taken the lead 21-18.  Agnello scored only one more point as she fouled out at the end of the third quarter.

It was a very physical game with very weak officials. The Villa Maria coach was T-ed up in the second quarter.  Some kind of confusion in the 4th when a Technical was called and after a long discussion,  rescinded.  No explanation. I believe that this is their only loss of the season.
SixtyEighter

Similar to Sami Stipa - great career- great team - bad loss and bad game in state championship final game. Sami is now showing promise but hasn't developed consistency.
NewXbo

NewXbo wrote:
Andy wrote:
Coach G got a 2016 verbal today from Sarah Agnello, SG/W 5-10 , Villa Marie Academy, Erie, PA  The third D-1 signing from Villa Marie's junior class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6qMHyZW8BM

http://www.goerie.com/article/201...he-week-sarah-agnello-villa-maria

Coach Chuzie: 'While Sarah is a tremendous shooter and defender, I believe it's intelligence that sets her apart.'

Prep-Villa ŝ@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I hope my experience at Lafayette  is similar to the one I have had so far at Villa, and I couldn't be more excited'


Agnello named first team all-state, AAA

Prep-Villa ‏@PrepVilla  · 6h6 hours ago  
'I was looking for a school that offered the best of academics and athletics and found that at Lafayette,' Sarah said

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHP4SWHW4AA3Z0A.jpg



Watched her play today in the PIAA class AAA championship game vs Archbishop Wood.  Neither she nor her team had a good game today, losing 46-29.  Agnello scored all 8 of her teams points in the first quarter as they led 8-5.   By the end of the half Wood had taken the lead 21-18.  Agnello scored only one more point as she fouled out at the end of the third quarter.

It was a very physical game with very weak officials. The Villa Maria coach was T-ed up in the second quarter.  Some kind of confusion in the 4th when a Technical was called and after a long discussion,  rescinded.  No explanation. I believe that this is their only loss of the season.
Andy

Natalie Kucowski 6-2 St. Basil is a 2017 verbal commit per her twitter. May 8.

http://articles.philly.com/2016-0...are-state-coppin-state-penn-state

http://espn.go.com/high-school/gi...ayer/_/id/216510/natalie-kucowski

Fall Ball Classic-September 2015: Agile left-handed faceup-5 stretches the defense to the arc; mobile in uptempo game; defensive presence in key, active
The Maroon

Andy wrote:
Natalie Kucowski 6-2 St. Basil is a 2017 verbal commit per her twitter. May 8.

http://articles.philly.com/2016-0...are-state-coppin-state-penn-state

http://espn.go.com/high-school/gi...ayer/_/id/216510/natalie-kucowski

Fall Ball Classic-September 2015: Agile left-handed faceup-5 stretches the defense to the arc; mobile in uptempo game; defensive presence in key, active


I have no idea what to make of the ESPN profile (in terms of credibility) but if it's remotely accurate that qualifies as a "wow" recruit. 6'2 with range and mobility? WOW.
SixtyEighter

Grentz seems to have real credibility and great powers of persuasion to recruit these girls especially from Catholic Academies.Just an empirical observation based on numbers from those schools.
Andy

Coach G on Pat Summit:

http://womhoops.blogspot.com/2016...-of-pat-summitt-tribute-from.html
SixtyEighter

That eulogy further cements my impression of Coach Grentz as a person of high character.Also a main branch on Pat Summit's coaching tree.
NewXbo

Did this one get away? Nazareth High School rising senior basketball player Tessa Brugler committed to Bucknell. Brugler averaged 15 ppg, and 10 rbds. last year she had 48 steals, 44 blocks and 57 assists. She can scored on 3s and in the paint. Former basketball player Tom Kresge contacted Coach Nolan when Brugler was a freshman.
Andy

NewXbo wrote:
Did this one get away? Nazareth High School rising osenior basketball player Tessa Brugler committed to Bucknell. Brugler averaged 15 ppg, and 10 rbds. last year she had 48 steals, 44 blocks and 57 assists. She can scored on 3s and in the paint. Former basketball player Tom Kresge contacted Coach Nolan when Brugler was a freshman.


Wanted Education major.
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Did this one get away? Nazareth High School rising osenior basketball player Tessa Brugler committed to Bucknell. Brugler averaged 15 ppg, and 10 rbds. last year she had 48 steals, 44 blocks and 57 assists. She can scored on 3s and in the paint. Former basketball player Tom Kresge contacted Coach Nolan when Brugler was a freshman.


Wanted Education major.


We have education courses, just not enough for a degree.
Franks Tanks

NewXbo wrote:
Did this one get away? Nazareth High School rising senior basketball player Tessa Brugler committed to Bucknell. Brugler averaged 15 ppg, and 10 rbds. last year she had 48 steals, 44 blocks and 57 assists. She can scored on 3s and in the paint. Former basketball player Tom Kresge contacted Coach Nolan when Brugler was a freshman.


Zero winning seasons since this young lady has been alive doesn't help either.
bison137

Franks Tanks wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
Did this one get away? Nazareth High School rising senior basketball player Tessa Brugler committed to Bucknell. Brugler averaged 15 ppg, and 10 rbds. last year she had 48 steals, 44 blocks and 57 assists. She can scored on 3s and in the paint. Former basketball player Tom Kresge contacted Coach Nolan when Brugler was a freshman.


Zero winning seasons since this young lady has been alive doesn't help either.



I think that was a major reason.   She has cited four factors that entered into her decision: (1) Bucknell's success (e.g. 17-1 in PL this year), (2) how much she liked the BU coaching staff, (3) BU's style of play, and (4) how much she liked the players.    Bucknell having an education major was not a big factor.

As you say, it's difficult to turn around a program with a long losing tradition, although it's easier in basketball than in some sports.
Andy

bison137 wrote:
 Bucknell having an education major was not a big factor.


That's ridiculous.  We research the same articles you do. "I thought it was the best fit for me," said Brugler, who plans to study Education.  

I don't think linking "best fit" and "study Education" in the same sentence was meaningless.
Andy

A job well done "attaboy" from me and a free CHT pitcher of Yuengling from Xbo (is that supposed to be an incentive?!) for the person who can find our PG commit from GA.
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
A job well done "attaboy" from me and a free CHT pitcher of Yuengling from Xbo (is that supposed to be an incentive?!) for the person who can find our PG commit from GA.


I know somebody who knows her name, I'll try to track him down
Andy

http://m.roanoke.com/sports/high_...8-b6bd-90ec7971eeae.html?mode=jqm
Andy

Scouting Indiana‏ @ScoutingINGirls
5'5 G Paige Saylor (2017) of Roncalli H.S. has committed to play at D1 Lafayette College
Kpard

Signing day webcast today at 1PM.
5-5 PG, 5-10 G-F, 6-3 F-C
All 3 can shoot it from 3.

Coach G is just so great! This program WILL succeed and soon.
adcs2

Prediction: Top five in PL this year and top two in 2017-18.

You read it here first.
bethlehempard

Offer to a junior, this is a month old:

http://usatodayhss.com/2016/work-...s-tatum-koenig-toward-di-future-2

Tatum Koenig
The Maroon

adcs2 wrote:
Prediction: Top five in PL this year and top two in 2017-18.

You read it here first.


Just wondering if I should be booking my hotel for next year's championship game? Laughing
bethlehempard

Those predictions sure look funny now. I know this program has been sick for a long time. I welcomed the hiring (one always welcomes a change at Lafayette, particularly in WBB).

There was hope and an expectation of recovery.

I didn't expect Dr. Grentz to administer an ice water enema.

This is horrible and I hope it doesn't scare recruits away.
I've never bought the "Come play here, we stink!" recruiting pitch.
SixtyEighter

Although a generalization I would like to point out re: midwesterners that they regard state  colleges as the way to go. Most midwesterners don't think like we in the east that you should go to the best college you can get into.So the offer of a Patriot League scholarship doesn't mean any more academically than an offer to go to Wichita  State.
gopards

Natalie Kucowski is playing Dunmore high school Friday at Quakertown at 6:00pm for any of the local fans that want to get a chance to see her play.
This season Natalie has gone over 1000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 500 blocks for her career.
http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/girls-basketball-capsules-1.2168120
SixtyEighter

I love the rebounds and the blocks but the points are great too. one of the WBB's huge shortcomings was offense. Usually they hung in there with rebounding.

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