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HAMDEN, Conn. – Head Coach Tricia Fabbri and the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team are bringing in yet another highly-touted recruiting class, as the Bobcats announced commitments from five players today. Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Massachusetts), Jennifer Fay (Lynbrook, New York), Brittany Johnson (Pickerington, Ohio), Sarah Shewan (Russell, Ontario), and Carly Fabbri (Stratford, Connecticut) are the newest Bobcats, having officially submitted their letters of intent to accept enrollment in Hamden.
"On paper, this is the most talented and highest rated class that we've brought in, and we obviously strengthen that with the commitment from Val Driscoll," said Fabbri. "This class is so versatile, they are not pigeon-holed into just one position which will allow us to continue to play an up-tempo style. As a group, we brought these young ladies in not only to win championships in the MAAC, but to win games in the NCAA tournament. We're going to see what happens over the course of their careers."
Hometown: Stoughton, Massachusetts
High School/Previous School: Archbishop Williams/Michigan
Driscoll, a 6-foot-4 center from Stoughton, Massachusetts, played three seasons at Michigan, spending last season as the only senior on the team's roster. After sitting out her junior season, Driscoll has one more year of eligibility remaining, and chose to conclude her career at Quinnipiac. Last season, she appeared in all 34 games, which included 29 in a starting role for the Wolverines. She averaged 5.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in just over 24 minutes per game. Driscoll really shined behind the ball where she finished the season with 70 blocked shots, placing her sixth on the Michigan single-season list. Driscoll's season was highlighted by a career-high 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting against Iowa (Feb. 22), becoming just the third Michigan player to shoot 100 percent with at least eight field goal attempts.
Prior to Michigan, Driscoll was a four-year standout at Archbishop Williams High School. Driscoll led the Bishops to back-to-back Division 3 State Championships in 2006-07 and 2007-08. The following season, she led the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game and notched a third straight Catholic League All-Star Selection. Driscoll eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau that season as well to become the first player in school history to accomplish the feat. She completed her career with a fourth straight Catholic League All-Star selection among several other individual accolades.
What Coach Fabbri Says About Val…
"Mountain, in particular, really recruited her hard out of high school and she obviously chose Michigan. With the graduation of Camryn Warner and Brittany McQuain, Val will come in and provide a great post-presence. What's so great about Val coming in is she was battle tested in the Big Ten and she understands all that goes into being a top flight Division-I student-athlete."
Hometown: Lynbrook, New York
High School/Previous School: Lynbrook/Nazareth
Fay, a 6-foot forward from Lynbrook, New York, played her final two seasons of high school basketball at Nazareth Regional in Brooklyn, which has been ranked among the nation's elite basketball programs for quite some time. Fay began her career at Lynbrook in Long Island before transferring to Nazareth for her sophomore season. After missing the 2011-12 season with an injury, Fay rebounded nicely the following year to average a double-double with 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Fay's senior season ended with more individual accolades, earning First team All-Brooklyn, Second Team All-NYC, and MSG Varsity All-NYC honors. She was also a McDonalds All-American nominee.
Fay is an excellent outside shooter and rebounder, who can also score in the paint. She is ranked No. 234 in the class of 2014 by Jump Off Plus Scouting Service, which makes her the second highest rated recruit in Quinnipiac history. She is also the first recruit to come to Quinnipiac from the prestigious Exodus NYC AAU program. An all-around athlete, Fay was the MVP of both her softball and basketball teams, and also played volleyball in high school.
What Coach Fabbri Says About Jennifer…
"Jennifer's basketball IQ, her ability to pass the ball, and her versatility allow her to play like a guard, but with her size, she can also post up down low. She was a great get from very prestigious high school and AAU programs."
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
High School/Previous School: Pickerington North
Johnson, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward from Ohio, enjoyed a solid career at Pickerington North High School under the direction of head coach Dave Butcher – one of high school basketball's all-time winningest coaches. In her final season with the team, Johnson helped the Panthers to a 13-8 record which included a 10-4 mark in Ohio Capital Conference play. At seasons end, she was tabbed Ohio District 11 BCA Honorable Mention and selected to play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Classic and the Jump25.com Central Ohio All-Star Game. In 2012-13, Johnson led the team to a 17-9 record while averaging 12.1 points per game and was a 2013 Special Mention Central All-District selection.
Johnson looks to bring her success to Quinnipiac next season after claiming nearly 70 wins throughout her high school career. In her first year with Pickerington North, the team collected a 20-6 record with an 11-2 mark in conference play. Her sophomore season saw a 19-3 slate with a 12-2 mark in league play. Johnson's long frame and ability to score around the basket make her a viable option for Fabbri next season.
What Coach Fabbri Says About Brittany…
"Brittany is a tremendously talented and physically strong player. Combined with her height and her ability on the court, she moves well and can score from the perimeter. We expect really great things from her this year."
Hometown: Russell, Ontario
High School/Previous School: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Hailing from Russell, Ontario, Shewan played at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, where she was the team MVP in four consecutive seasons (2010-14). At STA, the 6-foot-2 forward helped lead the squad to two league championships and four Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) tournament appearances. In addition to her prowess on the court, Shewan excelled in the classroom as well and found her name on the honor roll in each of her four years at STA.
Outside of high school basketball, Shewan took part in several developmental leagues that helped her prepare for college. Her stint began with the Russell Rockets and the Ottawa Guardsmen before joining the Ottawa Nationals which was her final stay in Canada. She also got the chance to play in the "Toronto A-Game", an event that allowed her to travel to the United States to showcase her talents in front of collegiate coaches. Shewan is ranked No. 16 among Canadian players and ranked No. 134 in the entire class of 2014 Girls Basketball Report – making her the highest ranked player to ever attend Quinnipiac.
What Coach Fabbri Says About Sarah…
"Sarah is another tremendous athlete, she can score inside and out. Her athleticism and versatility as a forward is a great asset, allowing her to play well not only facing the basket but posting people up. She is going to make us very good this season."
Hometown: Stratford, Conn.
High School/Previous School: Laurelton Hall
A familiar face to the Quinnipiac women's basketball program, Carly Fabbri, the daughter of head coach Tricia Fabbri, is set to join the roster for the 2014-15 season. Carly Fabbri enjoyed a tremendous four-year career at Laurelton Hall in Milford, Conn. and has elected to stay close to home for her collegiate career as well. The 2013-14 season ended in triumphant fashion for Fabbri and the Crusaders, who behind 15 points from the 5-foot-6 guard defeated South Windsor to claim the school's first ever 2014 CIAC Championship title. During the stint, the team also nabbed three South West Conference (SWC) titles and another trip to the CIAC Championship game in 2012-13.
The team's success came with a myriad of individual laurels for Fabbri, who was named to the CIAC All-State and All-Area teams at the end of the 2013-14 season. She was also named the MSG Varsity Connecticut Player of the Year, CT Post Most Valuable Player, SWC Tournament MVP, MSG All-Metro Second Team, and New Haven Register All-State. An excellent student, Fabbri was a four-year honor roll student and Vice President of the National Honor Society, a Summa Scholar, and the recipient of the Yale Book Award.
What Coach Fabbri Says About Carly…
"Carly is a really talented combo guard with really deep range that can definitely shoot the three-ball well. She has already displayed mental toughness throughout her high school career and we're getting a hard-nosed, really talented player that I know is a winner. She will do anything we need for us to be successful."
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