Nov. 14, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques signed three student athletes during Wednesday's early signing period. New Yorkers Emmanuella Edoka, Margot Hetzke and Kollyns Scarbrough will join the Saints' program next fall after returning their binding National Letters of Intent.
"Overall, I give our assistant coaches a lot of credit for their tireless efforts over the past year and a half," said Jaques. "That hard work led to us signing three intelligent, hard-working, talented young women. We have addressed adding a great blend of offensive skill, athleticism, and toughness to our front court."
A 6'1" forward from Abuja, Nigeria, Edoka matriculates to the Saints from Bishop Kearney High in Rochester, N.Y. Last season Edoka averaged 8.6 points, 14 rebounds and better than four blocks per game in leading Bishop Kearney to both the Section V and New York State Class C titles. A 2013 NYSPHSAA Class C All-Star and a Private Parochial First Team selection, Edoka plays her AAU basketball for the Albany City Rocks.
"Ella is ultra-athletic," noted Jaques. "She is a gifted natural athlete that will be a matchup nightmare for anyone she guards. While she is still new to the game of basketball having only played for a few years, there is no limit to where her game can go. I'm excited for the opportunity to help her reach her potential as a student athlete."
A native of Penfield, N.Y., Hetzke is a three-time Section V All-Tournament Team and All-Greater Rochester First Team selection and a two-time All-State selection and Monroe County East Player of the Year. The 2012 Section V Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Hetzke is Penfield High's all-time leading scorer with 1,461 points and has added 743 rebounds. A 6'0" forward, she has led the Patriots to three straight Monroe County League titles and a Section V Championship. A varsity player since the eighth grade, as a junior she averaged 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
"Margot is a tough, hard-nosed, blue collar player that just finds a way to score," commented Jaques. "She has tremendous character both on and off the court, and is a very strong student. She will bring a physical presence on the defensive end and has a very high skill level on the offensive end."
A standout from the perennial national powerhouse Christ the King program, Scarbrough is a 5'11" wing who averaged 13.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists en route to being named an All-Queens First Team selection by the Times Ledger last season. A native of Jamaica, N.Y., Scarbrough tallied a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Royals in a win over eventual state Federation Champion Bishop Ford late last year. Scarbrough plays her AAU basketball for the NYC Warriors.
"The first time I saw Kollyns play, I knew I had to find out more about her," added Jaques. "She is a very skilled wing with a very high basketball IQ. New York City is an area I want to target in our recruiting efforts. For our staff to be able to bring in a great player from Christ the King - traditionally one of the best high school programs in the country - is important. Kollyns just gets it. She is a great student athlete that understands how to win championships."
The current Saints return to action Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip at Fairleigh Dickinson.