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Postby turkeyman » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:38 pm

From UMaine athletics dept. a little while ago.

Orono, Maine -- University of Maine interim women's basketball coach Amy Vachon and her staff have announced the signing of Ashlyn McDonald. McDonald, a 6-3 forward, joins the Black Bears from Highland Community College and will be eligible for competition in the fall of 2017.

"Ashlyn will bring versatility to our team," Vachon said. "At 6-3, she can defend inside and is athletic enough to guard on the perimeter as well. She is athletic, runs the floor well and has a great mid-range game. Most importantly, Ashlyn is a great person, student and is excited to join our program and be a great representative of Black Bear Nation."

McDonald, a native of Tullahoma, Tenn., spent the past year at Highland Community College where she helped guide the Scotties to a 28-4 mark. Last season, McDonald appeared in 25 games, averaging 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. McDonald was highly efficient from the floor where she led the team with a 53.4-percent field goal mark and added a 35.7-percent showing from 3-point range. During the 2016-17 season at Highland, McDonald posted double-digit scoring efforts in four games, including a 24 point showing against Bacone College.

While attending Tullahoma high school, McDonald, a captain, earned all-district team honors. In addition of her scoring efforts, McDonald was impressive on the defensive end of the floor where she averaged 4.7 blocks and 3.6 steals at Tullahoma.

McDonald joins the previously announced Kelly Fogarty as members of the 2017 recruiting class. Fogarty was recently named a Boston Globe Player of the Year after capping her career at Walpole with 1,082 points and a school-record 245 3-pointers. Fogarty averaged 18 points per game and was nominated for the McDonald's All-American game.

Sounds like my kinda kid. Grew up 50 miles from where I went to grad school (Vandy) and went to juco 50 miles from my hometown (Kansas City). Welcome to Maine, Ashlyn.

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Re: wbb recruit

Postby TAL1957 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:32 pm

Well, not from Maine, so totally questionable ..... But ....

GREAT NEWS !!! A Very Good Get by UMaine staff. They are doing it Right !!

Thanks T-man for tracking this Great News.
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Re: wbb recruit

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:20 am

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Re: wbb recruit

Postby Therealslimshady » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:40 am

Did I read that correctly, she earned all district honors averaging 5.8 points? What kind of league does she play in?
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Re: wbb recruit

Postby TAL1957 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:49 am

Therealslimshady wrote:Did I read that correctly, ... ?
Nope. Read it again.
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Re: wbb recruit

Postby fafan » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:15 am

Therealslimshady wrote:Did I read that correctly, she earned all district honors averaging 5.8 points? What kind of league does she play in?


The all district honors was in High School. Stats can be so misleading, it mentioned she averaged 35% from the 3 pt line yet averaged 5.8 pts a game. So probably made a 3 pt every third game. She sounds much more like a rebounder and defensive specialist which can be a positive asset. Sounds very similiar to the play of the California transfer Bella Swan. Will need more offense to make up for what we loss, sure the staff is trying to rectify this.
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Re: wbb recruit

Postby turkeyman » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:40 am

Slim, I wondered about the point production, too. She did have a few big games, but not many. Unless other bigs are in the recruiting pipeline, Maine's offense is going to be guard-oriented next year. Maine has done well with that focus in the past (Blodgett-Carver, Corbitt-Traversi-Heon, Barker-Underwood), so it is doable. And, we know that Fanny Wadling can be an offensive force. Last season, we saw a lot of improvement in KJ's offensive game, though she hasn't had a breakout game yet. KJ is getting better and better at slipping her man and being open for a quick entry pass. But those two are it for bigs right now.

Notice Coach Vachon mentions Ashlyn's defense and athleticism. You might make a case that shot-blocking is the most athletic move in basketball. If so, having a kid who averaged 4.7 in high school may be a good get. Remember how important Anita Kelava's blocks were in some down-the-stretch games last year? I think perhaps the biggest loss in the defection of the five players is in athleticism. Some would argue, too, that offensive skills can be taught more easily than defensive so Ashlyn McDonald is coming in with some of the hard development work already done. If that is the case, she may be just what the coaches were looking for.

We don't know much about the level of juco basketball, but there are lots of juco programs in Missouri and Kansas. After all, Cotton Fitzsimmons coached for 11 years at Moberly Junior College in Missouri before he moved on to college and the NBA. Moberly was a force. But the level of development may be very uneven. Ashlyn may have been playing in a league that quite a few kids use as a post-grad year or in a league where most of the kids are just at juco so they can play for another year or two, knowing their ability won't take them to NCAA-level schools. I would guess Highland is in the former group, but we just don't know. She does come from a winning culture, apparently, and that is important. Very few kids become college players after being on lousy high-school teams. (Katie Bergeron went from Old Town [something like 10 wins in four years] to stardom on a very good Bowdoin team, but that is an exception, I believe.) By the way, Ashlyn was all-district in high school at Tullahoma, not at Highland Junior College.

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Re: wbb recruit

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:46 am

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5'6" - PG - Ma'anit, Israel

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Re: wbb recruit

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:50 am

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The only returning frontcourt player who received significant playing time was 6-foot-1 Fanny Wadling, who averaged five points and almost four rebounds as a freshman. Junior Kirsten Johnson played only 4.9 minutes per game.

UMaine’s top rebounders were guards Tanesha Sutton (4.8 rpg), a sophomore, and senior Sigi Koizar (4.5 rpg).

“Ashlyn is a good piece [of the puzzle] for us,” said Vachon. “She has a real nice midrange game and she’s a great kid who fits into what we want to do.

“She’s not a back-to-the-basket type of player. She isn’t going to outmuscle you,” said Vachon. “She definitely likes to take the ball to the basket off the dribble. She can also play you face-up and she can post up. And she’s a great kid.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/04/14/s ... -transfer/
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Re: wbb recruit

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:00 am

....“We are excited to announce the signing of Dor Saar,” interim head coach Amy Vachon said in a news release. “Dor is a true point guard who has a very high basketball IQ. She can shoot the three, attack the rim and knows how to deliver the ball to an open teammate at the right time. Dor will bring a feistiness and competitiveness to our team that fans will love.”

Saar’s coming to Maine is contingent upon admittance to the school and meeting NCAA clearinghouse requirements.

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