Women's basketball announces Class of 2017
FOUR FRESH FACES PREP TO JOIN BULLDOGS IN 2013-14
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- The Bryant University women's basketball team and head coach Mary Burke are pleased to introduce four new Bulldog student-athletes, set to suit up for the women's basketball team this fall and complete the program's Class of 2017.
The program will add guards Amanda Hilton (Bristow, Va.) and Chanel Ramcharran (Pickering, Ont.), and post players Alexandra Klein (Waterloo, Ont.) and Morgan Olander (Mansfield, Conn.).
This incoming freshmen group will be the second recruiting class to compete at the Division I level with full postseason eligibility as the Bulldogs look to become a perennial contender in the Northeast Conference.
"We are extremely excited about next year's class," said head coach Mary Burke. "As we continue to move along in Division I, we continue to improve the quality of incoming players. This group is a talented bunch that will fill a lot of holes we have had in the past, as well as add vital depth."
Amanda Hinton | 5-7 | G | Bristow, Va. / Stonewall Jackson H.S. (PSPA Rams)
A four-year starting guard at Stonewall Jackson H.S. in Manassas, Va. … Led her team to three-straight Cedar Run District Championships, including a trip to the Virginia State Championship game as a sophomore … Earned back-to-back All-District honors, first team as a sophomore and second team as a junior … Named Player of the Week in her league as a freshman … Played for the PSPA Rams AAU program under coach Jason Harris ... Also played varsity soccer as a junior … Earned Stonewall Jackson H.S. Academic Excellence Award.
"Amanda is a very versatile guard," said Burke. "She can play both the one or the two, which is essential at this level and will provide us with great depth at the guard position."
Alexandra Klein | 6-1 | F |Waterloo, Ont. / Waterloo Collegiate Institute (A Game)
A four-year starter at Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, Ont. … Helped lead the Vikings to a perfect 70-0 record in the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association in her career at Waterloo … Also helped her team to a Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association Championship … Selected as a First Team All-Star and City All-Star … Earned the Player Recognition Award in her 13th year … Played for the club team A Game under head coach Yaw Afful with fellow signee Chanel Ramcharron ... Also earned varsity letters in volleyball, badminton, and track and field … Ontario Academic Scholar.
"Alex is the physical presence in the post that we haven't really had recently," added Burke. "She has good mobility and is a tough, physical player that will fit our style of play nicely."
Morgan Olander | 6-2 | C |Mansfield, Conn. / Pomfret School (Connecticut Cobras)
A four-year letterwinner and two-year starting center under Kirk Murad at E.O. Smith H.S. in Storrs, Conn. … Led her team to back-to-back Connecticut State finals as a junior and senior … As a junior was named All-State, All-Conference, and was selected as a New Haven Register All-Star … Did a post-graduate year at the Pomfret School where she played basketball and volleyball … Played for the Conneciticut Cobras AAU program under coach Russ Hill ... Honor student.
"Morgan will add great depth for us in the post," noted Burke. "She has good size and skill, and is very mobile, which will fit our style well."
Chanel Ramcharran | 5-3 | G |Pickering, Ont. / Dunbarton H.S. (A Game)
A three-year starting guard at Dunbarton H.S. in Pickering, Ont. … Helped lead the Spartans to three-straight 3rd Place finishes in the LOSAA … Named the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year … Also helped her team become the 2010-11 Uxbridge Champions and 2011 Ontario basketball runner ups … Played for the club team A Game under head coach Yaw Afful with fellow signee Alex Klein ... Played volleyball and track and field as a sophomore … Honor student.
"Chanel is a great fit for our program," said Burke. "She likes to get out in transition and push the ball. With her style of play, I feel she will adapt well to the college game, as well as add vital depth at the point guard position."