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2018 Recruiting

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:17 pm

Australian Point Guard Haylee Andrews Signs with Pilots...

http://portlandpilots.com/news/2017/11/9/wbb-australian-haylee-andrews-inks-womens-basketball-nli-with-pilots.aspx

Tough to get adequate information about WBB recruiting online because of the lack of scouting service reports, so we generally don't know who the recruits are until they sign or we see tweets from a student-athlete.

This coming May two UP bigs, Ashley Gray and Sara Zaragoza, and guard Rachel Owens will graduate. Hard to say who else beside Haylee will join the team, but I understand that with the help of MBB Assistant Ben Johnson, WBB is attempting to establish a relationship with down-under basketball. Prior to joining the Pilots staff Ben was a head coach in Queensland, Australia.

Haylee Andrews appears to be the first of those Australian players who may come to Portland, and her high school coach say's "Haylee is a role model for our younger kids, she sets an example that they can do this" (play D1 basketball in the USA)

Don't know if WBB will get a couple of bigs to come from Australia, but in the not too distant past Aussies were great contributors to the program...even if they did have a penchant for drinking a little beer.  pirat


Haylee Andrews with Townsville State High School Tropics head coach Trish Cockrem....looks like Kaylee will need to adjust to the PNW weather.
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Re: 2018 Recruiting

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:49 am

DoubleDipper wrote:Australian Point Guard Haylee Andrews Signs with Pilots...
Seventeen year-old Haylee has now signed to be the point guard with the Queensland Basketball League professional team, Townsville Fire, but will remain an amateur while she fills in for the Townsville regular starting point guard who is pregnant.

Apparently the NCAA rules about being surrounded by professional players costing a kid college eligibility changed in 2010...too late to keep Robin Smeulders from losing a year of eligibility with the men's team.

I think the QBL season starts in April and consists of 17 games ending in August, but Haylee will leave the team early and enroll at UP in July, just in time for the second summer session.
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