By Richard Dean, assistant women’s basketball coach
Dean on recruiting
Ryerson newcomers: Jodie Collins, 6’1″, Post/Forward, I.E. Weldon S.S. (Lindsay). Strong rebounder. Good fundamentals from many years at Olympia. A midrange jump shooter with ability to go up with power inside. COSSA Champs.
After living in the bush for years she has had no trouble adjusting to life in the city. Radio & Television Arts student.
Alexandra Dzigda, 6’3″, Post, St. David C.S.S (Kitchener). Strong physical presence in the paint. Good shooter. Coachable. Solid work ethic.
Look for Alex to keep on improving everyday. But ups to Stu Julius who coached her from the last year in club ball. The coaching staff at Ryerson appreciates what you have done for us Stu.
Arts student Stephanie Hart, 5’10”, Swing, John Abbott/Concordia (transfer). Hard worker. Rainbow trey. Always hustles. Versatile. Great tan. Studying Urban Geography.
Prognosis: I take the blame for a poor recruiting effort. The two above high school recruits were coming anyway. All I did was facilitate their coming. Disappointing as it was to lose out on our targeted recruits, there was a silver lining to the process as the newcomers we have on board have turned out to be exceptional. As a matter of fact, the returning players and new players have blended together rather nicely and now there is much optimism at Kerr Hall as hopes for a successful season abound.Look for the Rams to cause a few migraines around the Interlock in the few months.
How it all ends
As you have no doubt come to the realisation by now that this is a completely frivolous exercise on my part and there is no need to pin this on the corkboard when Ryerson comes to town, as a motivational precursor to the game. However, if you want to credit it as a journalistic masterpiece worthy of display then by by all means pin it up.
In the OUA East Laurentian, with a more experienced club, should be able to overcome the choking symptoms they encountered last year. U of T are not as good as they look on paper. However, if [their American] girls are good and the rest followed the off season training program, as outlined on the team’s website, then watch out because the Blues are coming at you hard. Queen’s is not doing what they did last year and you can pin that one on the wall. Beloved Ryerson is every fan’s favourite and would live up to expectations with a huge frontline and an ulcer-giving backcourt.Expect to see Ryerson.
Western’s great recruiting class will be enough to put them at the top of the slag heap. Waterloo will make a solid accounting of themselves. I predict that Mac will be at the Nationals when all is said and done. Brock is the sleeper that will surprise a few people on their way to an Ontario finals matchup with R[yerson] U[niversit].