George Brown women's basketball is pleased to announce the addition of three recruits for the upcoming 2019-20 season, welcoming Kayana Granger, Sam Hakh and Rachel Steer to a Huskies program coming off a 14-3 regular season. Since 2017-18, George Brown is a combined 29-5 in the regular season, having finished first and second in the OCAA's East Division.
Granger and Hakh are true freshmen, while Steer arrives after graduating Fitness and Health Promotion, a two-year program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, ON.
"Having these three young ladies join the program is a great step in our coaching staff's continued effort to build towards a national championship," said Manager of Athletics Melanie Gerin-Lajoie. "Rachel Steer's experience, leadership and capacity to score is a tremendous addition to our backcourt, while the energy and athleticism in Kayana Granger and Sam Kakh will be exciting to watch."
Here's a look at the newest Huskies.
Rachel Steer - 5'5"/PG
"I've always wanted to be coached by (head coach) Warren Williams, and I know how hard they play after competing against them these past couple years," said Steer, who led St. Lawrence in scoring (13ppg) and assists (3.4apg) last season.
Steer hit 28 three's in 2018-19, good for 17th in the province, while nabbing 33 steals. Her defensive chops will bolster an already tenacious unit that averaged 14.5 steals per game and allowed the fifth-fewest points in Ontario. She also figures to shoulder much of the scoring burden left by the departure of the programs all-time leading scorer, Tianna Sullivan.
"I have high expectations and am really excited to be here. If we mesh as well as I know we can, it's definitely going to be a winning season."
"Rachel is a savvy veteran of the OCAA having played two years at St. Lawrence," said head coach Warren Williams. "She was a player we tried to recruit to George Brown out of high school because of her high level of skill, especially as a shooter and passer. She should be a terrific compliment to a solid returning cast with great court awareness and effort."
Kayana Granger - 5'10"/SF
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"I've known (assistant coach) Omari Wiltshire for a while, and really like the culture here," said Granger. The rangy wing played prep basketball at Durham Elite, and looks to fit well with a program that has seen athletic forwards excel since Williams took the program over in 2016. Granger will see minutes at both forward positions, and be heavily involved in the George Brown high-pressure defence.
"I'm already familiar with a few of the players here, and want to focus on growing as an athlete and student. I'm in the bridge program for psychology which I'm really looking forward to off the court."
"Kayana is an excellent fit for our system as an athletic and smart player coached by Christa Eniojukan out of Durham Elite prep," said Williams. "She should be an impact player with her ability to finish at the rim and defend in our style of play. She will infuse terrific energy into our program this year."
Sam Hakh - 5'10"/SG
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"I was invited in by the coaching staff, and it seemed like a great fit for me," said Hakh. She played prep at Father John Redmond, and is another rangy, athletic wing who figures to also fit well on both ends of the court.
"I want to develop my skills overall, work on improving my game and help us have as much success as possible this season."
"Sam is a terrific prospect out of Father Redmond Prep who should immediately contribute with her ability to stretch the floor with her perimeter shooting," said Williams. "Her game is amplified by her strong work ethic and high basketball IQ, no doubt honed by Coach Lexie Sananes. We look forward to seeing Sam perform in a Husky uniform this year."
Huskies women's basketball will host open tryouts in August 2019. Exact dates and times will be released in the coming months.