June 6, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown University head women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr and her coaching staff have brought seven new recruits to Brown who will be playing for the Bears in 2007-2008. Brown's recruiting class includes Alyssa Blood (London, England), Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA), Betsy Jacobson (Rochester, NY), Allie Urban (Bellevue, WA), Karly Grace (Camp Hill, PA), Allison Galer (Beverly Hills, CA) and Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA).
Blood, hailing from The American School In London, has helped her team compile an 84-13 record over the last four years and two European Championships. This past season, Blood saw her team to a 23-6 record, putting up 20.2 points and 16.8 rebounds during her school's 11 home games. She was her team's captain and Most Valuable Player in both 2006 and 2007. Currently, Blood serves as a reserve on the English National Team.
"Alyssa has the speed and quickness that will add to our full court game," said Burr. "She is a good defender and a force in the paint."
Delk garnered three state championships playing for Wesleyan High School in Atlanta, GA. Last season, she led her squad with 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to become a Georgia North-South All-Star, as well as a McDonald's All-American nominee. Delk was her team's captain, earned Second Team All-State accolades, and was also awarded the Wesleyan Commitment Award.
"Sarah is an up-tempo forward that can step out for a three or pin her girl inside," said Burr. "She is tough going to the hoop and her court sense and team play is impressive."
Also joining the Bears will be Jacobson, a three-time Street and Smith Magazine All-American Honorable Mention player from Rochester, NY. In the 2006-2007 season, she averaged 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while tallying 1,478 points and 781 rebounds during her varsity career at Mercy High School. For the last three years, she earned First Team All-Greater Rochester honors, and was named the Bird's Eye Food Private Parochial Player of the Year, and the Private Parochial Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2007.
"Besty brings a balanced game," said Burr. "She is a scoring threat both inside and out. We will definitely benefit from her competitive intensity."
Urban, who hails from Seattle Preparatory School, joins Brown after averaging nine points and seven rebounds per game last year. A 50-percent shooter from the field, Urban helped lead her team to a second-place finish in the Metro League, and also to the state semi-finals with a 23-4 record. She was also named her team's Most Improved Player after her sophomore season.
"Allie is very athletic and runs the floor well," said Burr. "She is very tough and can handle the fight in the paint."
Grace joins Brown from The Hun School of Princeton where she averaged 11 points per game last season while guiding her team to a 23-6 record. Grace helped her team to two Middle Atlantic Prep League championships as well as two NJISAA Prep State Championships. She was a two-time New Jersey Star Ledger Prep First Team All-State selection, and a 2006 Mercer County All-Star.
"Karly is a combination guard with a lot of experience," said Grace. "Her aggressive nature and defensive court sense will spark our team's efforts."
Four-year varsity starter and two-year team captain, Galer, joins the Bears having averaged 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at Beverly Hills High School. Her team's Most Valuable Player for four years, Galer earned Second Team Ocean League honors in 2003 and 2004, and earned First Team honors in 2005 and 2006. She was an All-CIF Selection, and a California All-State team nominee. Galer also lettered in softball for four years.
"Ali has passion to play," said Burr. "She is an aggressive guard that has three-point range and also can drive to the basket."
Lunenburg High School's Most Valuable Player and the Mid-Watch League MVP, Williams has tallied 1,450 career points. Her school's All-Time leading scorer, she averaged 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounds in the 2006-2007 season, and has helped her team compile a 67-19 overall record in four years. Williams guided her team to four league championships, and was a Telegram & Gazette All-Star for four years.
"Sadiea has a quick first step and a great jump shot," said Burr. "She is a tremendous competitor and her aggressive nature will be a huge asset to the team."