This archived article was written by: Jordan Weihing
The USU Eastern Lady Eagles say good-bye to their teammates and begin to prepare for a new team and a new season.
Hailee Parry is leaving the team with a gap that hopefully can be filled. She was first team All-Region and nominated for an All-American this past season. Unsure at this point where she will be playing next season, she has turned down a couple of offers from out of state, and is considering Weber State.
Amy Arbon turned down Lewis and Clarke College as well as Lethbridge College, and is looking at playing for Utah Valley University.
Brooke Slade, the 6’3’’ center, verbally committed to BYU Hawaii, but the head coach was fired so she is still waiting to see if her offer will still stand with the new head coach.
Kathleen Collette will no longer play basketball; she received an offer to play volleyball at BYU Hawaii and will be attending there this fall.
Gabriella is considering schools in the Midwest, but hasn’t made a decision yet.
Coach Dave Paur has had one of his best recruiting years ever. He said “There were players that we didn’t invite that in years past could have played for us.”
Coach Paur said there was a recruit that he felt he stole away from the competition; he said that player is Jamie Smith. She was starting point guard for Riverton High School, the 5A State Champions.
Other exciting recruits are Jessica Anderson, a 6’3’’ post player from Page, AZ; Leila Hadzialijagic, an athletic 6’0’’ post player from West Jordan; and Krista Hamilton, an impressive 5’11’’ post player from Blackfoot, Idaho.
With a new team, Paur has some new things he wants to focus on. He is focusing the summer training on perimeter shooting and many of the new players that he recruited specialize in three-point shooting. He is also hoping that when the defense tries to compensate for the threat from the perimeter, Jessica Anderson will be free to use her size in the paint.
He is optimistic about his team next season.
Here is a list of all the new players
Name Position School / Town
Jamie Smith Guard Riverton High School
Abbie Bird Guard Jordan High School
Krista Hamilton Post Black Foot, Idaho
Leila Hadzialijagic Post West Jordan High School
Brianna Adams Guard American Fork High School
Jessica Anderson Post Page, Arizona
Madeline Murphy Guard West High School