Friday, June 26, 2015

Comings and goings Part VI: William and Mary

Misha Jones
Here we go with Part VI of Comings and goings: William and Mary

In case you missed the others:

Comings and Goings: Old Dominion
Comings and Goings: Richmond
Comings and Goings: George Mason
Comings and Goings: Virginia
Comings and Goings: Virginia Tech

Who's going

Jazmen Boone 5-8 Sr. F; 11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg
Kyle Kerstetter 5-11 G; 6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Anna Kestler: 5-5 Sr., G DNP last year
Mackenzie Morrison 6-4 Sr. C 2.6 ppg
Camila Prock 5-5 Soph.: scored 2 points in three minutes of playing time last season

Third-year coach Ed Swanson is building at William and Mary and last season credited this group for laying the foundation. Boone and Kerstetter filled stat sheets, each playing more than 100 games apiece during their collegiate careers. Chemistry major Prock will not be returning for her sophomore season.

Who's coming

Bianca Boggs, 5-8 G, Waldorf, Md. (St. Mary's Ryken High); point guard and team captain; with a 4.56 GPA, the physics major she plans should be no sweat; ranked No. 296 among 1,500 in Brett McCormick's All-Star Report
Misha Jones, 5-9 G/F (Battlefield High); amassed more than 1,000 points in high school
Chandler Smith, 6-3 C, Clifton, Md. (St. Mary's Ryken High); ranked No. 407 among 1,500 in All-Star Report
Ali Engelhardt, 6-0 F, San Diego (Mt. Caramel High); all-time scoring (2,000-plus points) and rebounding leader at Mount Carmel; Mount Carmel Athlete of the Year

Boggs and Smith are best buds, chemistry we hope translates to the court; Smith and Jones were teammates for the AAU Fairfax Stars. Engelhardt looks to be a hidden gem with size. All will complement an emerging William and Mary team that made the postseason for the first time in school history, nipped by Xavier by one point in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. W&M won 15 games in 2014-15, tying for fourth most in school history and returns three of its top four scorers in Marlena Tremba, Alexandra Masaquel and Abby Rendle, who will work to ensure the nailbiters go the Tribe's way in 2015-16.

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