PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The 2016 Rutgers women's basketball recruiting class was announced on Thursday by head coach C. Vivian Stringer. The eight members of the incoming class features two true freshmen, two junior college transfers and four Division I transfers.
“This class represents people that have the ability to score, play at a high level with a great deal of intensity, continue a reputation of an attacking offense team that pushes the ball and play great defense," said Stringer. "I’m excited. I think this is a new chapter in a lot of respects. The staff and I appreciate the focus and intensity of our returning players and the same of which has been demonstrated by these incoming players.”
|Kandiss Barber – Forward/Guard – 5-10 – Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Southern Idaho
Barber, a 5-10 forward/guard hailing from Chula Vista, California, is a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, where she was the 2016 Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Barber will be a junior for the 2016-17 season and available immediately with two years of eligibility remaining.
Last season for the Golden Eagles, she helped her team to a 29-5 overall record and fifth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. A NJSCAA First Team All-American, she averaged a team and Region 18-leading 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Barber played scholastically at Mater Dei Catholic High School, pouring in 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Additionally, she was a San Diego Section All-League selection and team MVP.
C. Vivian Stringer on Barber: “It’s not hard to see why Kandiss was ranked as high as she was. She reminds me of (former Scarlet Knight) Syessence Davis, just a little bit taller. She’s intense, she’s a slasher and she’s a penetrator. She’s an outstanding basketball player who has those intangibles and a desire to win. She’s always looking to rebound, attack and slash. She takes a lot of pride in what she does and will be a great addition.”
|Stasha Carey – Forward – 6-2 - Cleveland, Ohio/Berea-Midpark/Pittsburgh
Stasha Carey, a 6-2 forward, arrives “On The Banks” after playing her first two collegiate seasons at Pittsburgh. The Cleveland, Ohio native will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer guidelines and take to the court for the 2017-18 season with two years of eligibility.
As sophomore for the Panthers last season, Carey was the only player in the ACC to rank top-15 in rebounds, blocks and steals per game. She averaged 9.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Carey also performed six double-doubles, which included a career-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds at Boston College. As a freshman in 2014-15, Carey led Pittsburgh in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game and also collected a team-high seven double-doubles as the Panthers reached the NCAA Tournament. She finished with the fourth most rebounds by a freshman in Pitt program history (245) and the second most blocks (47) as a rookie.
Entering the collegiate ranks, Carey was rated the No. 58 overall prospect and the No. 16 forward by Prospect Nation. Additionally she was rated as the No. 87 overall prospect and No. 12 forward by HoopGurlz. A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Cleveland.com Player of the Year finalist and Associated Press Division I Second Team All-Ohio honoree, she averaged 19 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior at Berea-Midpark High School.
C. Vivian Stringer on Carey: “Stasha has the ability to knock down the outside shot. She is very athletic and goes hard to the boards to help us in rebounding. She’s used to handling the ball and handling passes from the perimeter. I consider her very mature. If you were around her, immediately you would notice she has a calm, reflective nature about herself. She’s also demonstrated to be a hard worker.”
|Ciani Cryor – Guard -5-5- Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti/Georgia Tech
Ciani Cryor, a 5-9 guard, joins the Rutgers women’s basketball team after spending the 2015-16 season at Georgia Tech. The Philadelphia native will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer guidelines and take to the court for the 2017-18 season with three years of eligibility.
As a freshman with the Yellow Jackets in 2015-16, she averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She played in 29 games, making 12 starts, including the first eight games of the season. Among her top performances as a rookie were a career-high 19-point game with Notre Dame and a 17-point, five-assist, five-steal contest against Alabama.
Scholastically, Cryor was ranked as the No. 65 recruit by Blue Star and No. 68 player and 17th best point guard by Prospect Nation. Additionally, she was ranked No. 94 by All Star Girls Report, No. 95 by JumpOffPlus and the 33rd best point guard by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. As a junior, Cryor averaged 12.5 points per game as Neumann-Goretti High School went 29-1 overall and undefeated in conference play at 21-0. Neumann-Goretti, who also won the PIAA District 12 AA Catholic League Championship and city championship, concluded the year ranked as the No. 1 school in Pennsylvania and 17th-best school in the nation by MaxPreps. Among Cryor’s honors included AP Pennsylvania Girls’ Class AA All-Team, PIAA District 12 AA MVP and MVP of Rose Classic Super Jam. Additionally, she led the West Philadelphia Flash to the Magazine Showcase Championship, earning MVP honors after pouring in 20.3 points per game.
C. Vivian Stringer on Cryor: “CC, as we call her, has an air about her. She’s from Philadelphia and my type of point guard. She is what I call a ‘Philadelphia Guard', and those are the types of guards that helped me get to the first Final Four. She’s tough and plays with a swager. She handles the ball well, attacks the rim, knocks down shots and shoots well. She has already in her young career proved she can score in big time games. She’s an extremely bright kid who is going to be a major contributor."
|Kathleen Fitzpatrick – Guard – 5-9 – Drexel Hill, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namuer/St. Joseph’s
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a 5-9 guard, comes to Rutgers after playing three seasons at St. Joseph’s, where she was among the Hawks’ top three-point threats the last two seasons. The Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania native will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer guidelines and take to the court for the 2017-18 season with one year of eligibility.
As a junior in 2015-16, Fitzpatrick averaged 8.5 points per game, while leading St. Joseph’s in three-pointers (57) and free throw percentage (.833). Appearing in 29 games, with 18 starts, she was named to the Hawk Classic All-Tournament Team and scored a career-high 26 points, including eight three-pointers, against Rhode Island. As a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign, Fitzpatrick led the Hawks in three-point shots made (53) and free throw percentage (.906). Earning the team’s “Most Improved Award”, her sophomore season saw Fitzpatrick appear in 28 games, including 24 starts. Beginning her collegiate career in 2013-14, Fitzpatrick made 19 appearances as a rookie, finishing third on the team in field goal percentage (.469).
A product of Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Fitzpatrick set her high school’s record for career three-pointers (245), tied the single-season mark for three-pointers (72) and finished fourth all-time in scoring (1,329). As a senior, she helped guide her team to the PAISAA semifinals averaging 17.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Fitzpatrick was a Third Team All-State Class AAA honoree, First Team All-InterAC League honoree, All-Delaware County selection and All-Main Line award winner. As a junior, she poured in 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and led Southeatern Pennsylvania in three-pointers enroute to earning Second Team All-InterAC League and All-Delaware County honors.
C. Vivian Stringer on Fitzpatrick: "Kathleen is a tremendously hard worker, is a driven young lady and has shown immense enthusiasm in becoming a Scarlet Knight. She has the ability to knock down the three-point shot consistently and will add a much needed three-point threat to our roster."
| Kate Hill – Guard – 5-7 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Peddie
Kate Hill, a 5-7 guard originally hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a true freshman in the 2016 class. Hill played scholastically at the Peddie School in nearby Hightstown, New Jersey. As a senior, she averaged 12.0 points per game, while during her junior campaign, Hill was named Times of Trenton All-Area after helping Peddie to a spot in the MAPL and Prep A Tournaments behind 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
C. Vivian Stringer on Hill: "Kate is a lead guard with great court savvy. We expect her to contribute at both guard positions for us. She's a New Jersey girl who has the potential to be a great playmaker. She has a great attitude, is a great student and is a positive addition to the team.”
| Jazlynd Rollins – Guard – 5-7 – Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz/Daytona State
Jazlynd Rollins, a 5-7 guard from Gainesville, Florida will suit up for the Scarlet Knights after averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game and shooting 35.2 percent from three-point range for Daytona State. Rollins will be a junior for the 2016-17 season and available immediately with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
A Mid-Florida All-Conference honoree, Rollins helped the Falcons record a 28-3 overall record last season, winning 27-straight games over the course of a four-month span with an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
At Buchholz High School, she led her Bobcat teams to the Florida State Tournament for three consecutive years including a Class 7A title in 2012-13. She ended her career with 1,402 points, 267 rebounds, 130 steals and 288 assists, while as a senior, she scored 646 points and topped the 38-point scoring mark twice. Rollins was an first team all-area honoree in 2013 and 2014, while earning second team honors in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, she was a two-time member of the Class 7A All-State team and was the 7A District Game MVP after collecting 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
C. Vivian Stringer on Rollins: "Jazlynd is a proven scorer with an up-tempo style and capable of putting up big numbers on any given night. In addition to helping us put up numbers on the offensive end, she will provide us with maturity as this young team grows."
| Jordan Wallace – Center – 6-3 – Somerdale, N.J./Sterling
Jordan Wallace, a 6-3 center from Somerdale, N.J., will join the Scarlet Knights as a true freshman.
The Colonial Conference Player of the Year, Wallace averaged a double-double, netting 17.7 points and hauling 11.3 rebounds along with 2.6 blocks per game in helping Sterling High School to a 26-5 overall record. Her squad won the South Jersey Group 2 Tournament and Liberty Division title, in addition to reaching the South Jersey Invitational semifinals. She poured in double digits in 29 of her 31 games last season, including 13 20-plus point games. In the South Jersey Group 2 Final, Wallace netted 23 points to go along with 18 rebounds and five blocks. As a junior, she averaged 15 points, 13.3 rebounds and three blocks per game as the team went 24-5 and reached the South Jersey Group 2 title game.
Her father, John, played professional basketball in France after playing in the armed forces and her half-brother, Chad, was defensive end in the NFL for the Cardinals for three seasons in the mid-1990’s.
C. Vivian Stringer on Wallace: "I love Jordan’s personality and enthusiasm to play for the Scarlet Knights. We’ve been watching her for a number of years. She can hit high post shots and can block shots. She’s readily going to take the ball to the basket with that high post shot. We will also definitely look for her to drive and attack off the baseline. I love her bright eyed eagerness and I’m happy her family and friends will be able to watch her play here in New Jersey.”
| DaChe Williams – Guard – 6-2 – Bloomfield, Conn./Watkinson School/Northeastern
DaChe Williams, a 6-2 guard, joins the Scarlet Knight women’s basketball program after playing the 2013-14 season at Northeastern and spending the last two years at Winthrop.
Williams played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014-15 for the Huskies, where she made two starts. She averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounding, including netting a career-high 10 points against Tulane and hauling in a career-high four rebounds against NJIT.
Williams was a five-year varsity member of the Watkinson School basketball team, where she was a four-time MVP and four-time All-New England selection. She totaled 2,058 career points. Additionally, she was an All-New England soccer goalkeeper.
C Vivian Stringer on Williams: "With a hunger to be successful and after sitting out two seasons, DaChe is eager to be coached and takes nothing for granted. That willingness to be coached will serve as a great attribute for her teammates."
The incoming Scarlet Knights will join eight returning letterwinners including Second Team All-Big Ten honoree, Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.). RU’s returning leading scorer, Scaife averaged 17.2 points last year. Rutgers finished at 19-15 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten, advancing to the second round of the WNIT.
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