The Central Connecticut women's basketball team has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year. All four individuals signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball and study at CCSU.
Brianna Jacobs (Glen Burnie, MD), Emma Stroyan (Bloomington, IL), Camden Musgrave (Bowie, MD) and Caitland Considine (Greenville, SC) comprise the CCSU women's basketball Class of 2018.
"This year's class has four young ladies that have strong work ethics," head coach Beryl piper said on Friday morning. "They all want to be great players and have high expectations for our program."
Here is a more detailed look at each incoming student-athlete:
Jacobs is a 5-9 small forward who played high school basketball for the McDonogh School and head coach Brad Rees. She also suited up for the Maryland Pride AAU program and coach Tony Gorham. The last two seasons Jacobs and her McDonogh teammates have reached the IAAM Championship game. The team won the IAAM Championship in 2012 and then finished as the runner-up in 2013. Individually, she earned Bishop Walsh All-Tournament honors after finishing the event as the leading rebounder. She also earned the Sportsmanship Award at the Rose Classic Tournament. Jacobs is also a standout in track and field, where she is the defending IAAM Champion in shot put.
Jacobs on CCSU: "I chose CCSU because I strongly feel that it's a place I can call home. The coaches and players are great and extremely welcoming and I know it is somewhere I will be able to become both a better player and student. Most importantly I chose CCSU because I believe it is a place I will be happy to spend my next four years."
Piper on Jacobs: "Brianna is a tough defender with an aggressive personality on the floor. She will rebound with intensity and will outwork her opponents. We are thrilled to have a player with such great work ethic join our family."
Musgrave is 5-7 guard from Elizabeth Seton High School where she played for head coach Jonathan Scruggs. Musgrave is also a member of the Maryland Pride AAU team coached by Tony Gorham. While playing for Elizabeth Seton, Musgrave earned Second Team All-WCAC honors. She also earned All-Defensive honors from the WCAC.
Musgrave on CCSU: "I love the family atmosphere of the CCSU community. They strive for each student to be the best they can be."
Piper on Musgrave: "We are excited to have Camden join the program. Her athletic ability and shooters mentality will be exciting to watch. She understands how to push tempo and has great body control getting to the rim."
Stroyan, 6-2, is a center for University High School and head coach Laura Sellers. She also plays for AAU Midwest Elite and coaches Ralph Gesualdo and Randy Weibel. A four-year starter, Stroyan has been second on her team in points and rebounds the last three seasons. As a junior she earned Second Team All-Cornbelt Conference amd Second Team Pantagraph All-Area. Off the court she earned USJN All-Star Academic Team, Prairie State Achievement Award for science, was a Voice of Democracy local winner and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Stroyan on CCSU: "The players really made me feel welcome, the coaching staff cared about me as a person and a player, and the campus was beautiful. There was a good family atmosphere at CCSU which is exactly what I was looking for in a college."
Piper on Stroyan: "Emma is a great fundamental post player. She has the ability to finish on the interior and can defend the low block. She has a deceptive agility and will be able to keep up with our style of play. She will fit in well and add to our post game."
Considine is a 5-9 guard who played for head coach Nicole Hood at Mauldin High School. She also played for coach Anthony Toney on the SC 76ers AAU team. A four-year starter, Considine helped her team to a victory at the 2011 Bojangles Holiday Tournament and third place finish at the Upward Classic Tournament. Last season, she received her team's "Work Horse" Award. She also earned Class 4A All-Region honors last season. In addition, she graduated from the Point Guard College in 2012 and 2013. Considine was also a standout goalkeeper for her school's soccer team, helping the squad to a state title.
Considine on CCSU: "I chose CCSU because academically they offer exactly what I am looking for and the basketball program was the icing on the cake! They are a "Family" that has the same vision, goals and determination that align perfectly with mine. I am excited to be a part of the Lady Blue Devil Family!"
Piper on Considine: "Caitland is a guard who can score in many ways. Her midrange game and ability to see the floor will compliment her teammates."