RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent high-school graduates Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy), Danielle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman), Kayla Hourany (Maspeth, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) and Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn./Community) have signed national letters of intent to continue their women's basketball careers at Felician College, Felician head coach Steve Fagan announced today. Fagan also revealed that junior Taylor Trotman (East Orange, N.J./University) has transferred to Felician and inked an athletic financial aid agreement to play for the Golden Falcons.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The 2013-14 Golden Falcons (12-15, 10-9 CACC) tied for third place in the CACC North Division and reached the conference quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years.
"We went out looking for defensive-minded players who have that old-fashioned, blue-collar touch, and we believe we've found them," said Fagan, who is entering his seventh season with the Golden Falcons. "All of these young ladies can play multiple positions, and come from solid programs."
Foster, 5-foot-10, was the Pin Stripe Student-Athlete Award winner for John F. Kennedy High of New York City. After beginning her scholastic career at Lehman High, she was the Flame's leading rebounder in their final season of 2013-14. Foster played summers for the Douglass Panthers AAU program, based in Harlem. She will enroll in Felician's pre-physical therapy program. "Treanda is a great post defender with the ability to rebound the ball at both ends of the floor," Fagan said. "She is versatile enough to play all three frontcourt positions."
Gibson is a 5-foot-4 combination guard who averaged 10.2 points per game in 2013-14, helping Cardinal Spellman High to a 25-3 record and an Archdiocesan AA-A Championship. She was named to the New York Daily News All-Bronx First Team. Her most recent AAU squad is New Heights Youth. Gibson intends to major in biology at Felician. "Danielle likes to play the up-tempo game," Fagan said. "She can put pressure on a defense either from the perimeter or attacking the basket."
The 5-foot-10 Hourany played small forward for St. Francis Prep of Queens, N.Y., where she was the team's leading scorer and was named Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. She is also a member of the New York City Heat AAU program. She expects to study biology. "Kayla can play both forward spots and has the ability to score in multiple ways," Fagan said. "She epitomizes the blue-collar ethic we were looking for. You can count on her to outwork her opponent."
Osmond was an all-state backcourt player in Connecticut, competing for Hillhouse High while attending High School in the Community. She also played volleyball for the Academics and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society. The 5-foot-5 combination guard began her scholastic career at Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden, and all told, was all-conference three times, all-area on three occasions, and was twice honored by the New Haven Tap-Off Club. Her most recent AAU squad was the Connecticut Basketball Club. Osmond's likely academic major is criminal justice. "Shyla has great court vision," Fagan said. "She is a playmaker who also has the ability to call her own number."
After beginning her collegiate career at the University of Bridgeport in 2012-13, Trotman came off the bench for fellow CACC member Dominican (N.Y.) College last year. In 13 games, the 5-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 2.2 points and 0.5 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. An education major, Trotman will be inactive in 2014-15 due to the CACC Intra-Conference Transfer Policy, then have two years of playing eligibility. "Taylor will set a good tempo defensively for us," Fagan said. "She really gets after her opponents."