SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College women’s basketball team has wrapped up its recruiting with the signing of a third international player.
Jaylen Hawea, a 5-foot, 10-inch shooting guard from New Zealand, has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Generals this fall.
Head coach Frank McCarthy was excited about at least one aspect of Hawea’s game.
“Jaylen was a very important addition to the roster for next season,” McCarthy said. “She can flat out shoot the long-ball.”
Hawea led the Hamilton Girls High School team to the National Secondary Schools title and was the top scorer, earning Most Valuable Player honors.
She shot 42 percent from behind the arc.
“Her extended range will really help us to stretch opposing defenses and open things up for our bigs,” McCarthy said. “I look forward to working with such a talented player and expect her to have a positive impact right away.”
The Lady Generals have developed a three-year trend in recruiting players from Australia and New Zealand, and that has turned into success on the floor. Departing Lady Generals Jasmine Davis, Milomilo Nanai and Kayla Kiriau all hailed from Australia. This year’s incoming class includes Nicole Fyfe and Pheobe Hinds from Australia.
The Lady Generals have won the NJCAA North Sub-Region IX title 10 of the last 11 years, finishing 22-8 last season, ranked No. 21 in NJCAA standings.
“This wraps up our recruiting for next fall and we have expectations to continue the success of the Sheridan College women’s basketball program,” McCarthy added. “It will all come down to how quickly we can mesh this group and build the necessary championship chemistry. If things come together as planned, it should be a very fun group to watch.”