Nov. 10, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball Head Coach Gina Castelli received a major commitment Wednesday. Symone Kelly, a highly touted 6'2" forward from St. Anthony's in South Huntington, N.Y., signed her national letter of intent during the early signing period to attend Siena College beginning next fall.
"Symone Kelly is a premier post player," said Castelli. "She has versatility and an established presence in the paint. We are very happy and grateful that she has joined our program and it is an excellent choice for her. Coming to Siena College will offer Symone a wonderful opportunity to succeed both in the classroom and on the court."
A native of Wyandanch, N.Y., Kelly originally committed to Siena over the summer, but made her intent official by signing Wednesday morning. Kelly, who is said to have a tremendous inside game and the ability to shoot the three, also reportedly fielded offers from Hofstra, Delaware, Boston University, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Mary's and Loyola (Md.).
Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz, Kelly averaged nine points, 10 rebounds. 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks as a junior last season. Given a Scouts grade of 85, Kelly is rated as the 82nd best prospect at her position in her recruiting class.
Playing under coach Ken Parham, she led St. Anthony's to a 23-3 overall record last season and the school's first CHSAA title since 1988. In the postseason, she averaged 10.8 points in leading the Friars to the semifinals before losing to eventual state AA champion Nazareth.