Dec. 2, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Talaya Wilkins, Katelyn Dooley and Naimah Abdullah have signed national letters of intent to play at Siena College head coach Gina Castelli announced today. All three high school seniors will join the Saints for the 2003-2004 season.
"We are excited about the recruiting class we singed this fall," said Castelli. "All three will add athleticism and depth to both the back court and front court."
Wilkins comes from Beacon High School in Beacon, N.Y. where she averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds a game. The 5-10 guard, who was forced to sit out last season with a torn ACL, is 150 points away from 1,000.
"Talaya is an intense guard that resembles former Siena guard Audra Spremullo and will bring tremendous passion and intensity to the team," said Castelli.
Dooley, a local product out of Regional Champion Lansingburgh High School in Troy, N.Y., was the leading scorer in section II last season, averaging 20.4 points a game. A 5-9 guard, she made 49 three pointers and hit her 1,000th career point as a junior. Dooley was named the 2001-2002 Colonial Council MVP and was honored as a Channel 13, Times Union and Troy Record All-Star.
"I am very excited about adding another stand out local player in Kate Dooley and I am looking forward to coaching her," said Castelli.
Castelli added, "She has unlimited scoring potential and her scoring and passing ability is something we will need next year to fill the void left by our three graduating senior guards."
A 5-11 forward from Tabor Academy in Providence, R.I., Abdullah average 14.7 points and 8.4 in 2001-2002. She led her team to a New England Prep School Championship earning a spot on the All-Star team in the process. Abdullah also played at St. Raphael in Providence, the high school of former Siena stand out and 10th all-time leading scorer Sacha Baker.
"Naimah will be one of the most versatile players we have next season as she can play both inside and out," said Castelli. "She plays with tremendous heart and intensity and will be a valuable asset to our program."
After over a week without a game, the Saints will hit the court again at home this Thursday, December 5 against Fairfield University as they open up their MAAC schedule. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.