HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 15, 2013 – On Friday, James Madison women’s basketball head coach Kenny Brooks announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent for the 2014-15 season. Hailee Barron, Carley Brew and Beverly “Tolulope” Ogunrinde are slated to join the Dukes next year.
“With the three young ladies we signed, we feel extremely excited about them because they all have extremely high ceilings and they’re only going to get better and better, and I think they’ll be able to contribute for us very early in their careers,” Coach Brooks said. “We always say we want to go out and find JMU kids, and we feel that all three young ladies are JMU kids.”
Hailee Barron hails from Burlington, Vermont, where she attends Rice Memorial High School. The guard is a two-time Free Press All-First Team honoree and averaged 13 points, five assists and three steals per game during her junior year. Barron plays AAU basketball for Lone Wolf Athletics as well as plays soccer for her high school.
“When we watched Hailee, I was very impressed with her shooting ability,” Coach Brooks acknowledged. “Another thing that intrigued us was her ability to play two positions…I’m excited about Hailee. She’s got a great family and she’s a great young lady who is going to fit in very well here at James Madison.”
Carley Brew attends Wilson High School in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and plays for the Philadelphia Belles AAU team. A forward, she averaged 10.7 points per game last year, including a season-high 20 points scored against Reading High on Jan. 17. She is an All-Berks County All-Division I player and recently earned Parade All-America Honorable Mention.
“She just has a will to win, she wants to get better and she works extremely hard,” Coach Brooks highlighted. “I fell in love with her game the first time I saw her play and I knew she would be a tremendous plus for our program.
Beverly “Tolulope” Ogunrinde is a forward from Glenn Dale, Maryland and currently attends St. Vincent Pallotti High School. Last season, she earned All-Conference honors from the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland after averaging 11.1 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game. She also averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in 38 games played for the D. C. Heat AAU team.
“With her size, her length and her athleticism, we can put her on the wing and she’s going to be really good for us,” Coach Brooks said. “She’s new to basketball, she’s only been playing for three years, so her ceiling is through the roof.”
The Dukes are currently in the midst of a nine-day break after starting the season 2-0 with wins over Virginia (63-46) and Liberty (67-56). JMU travels to Richmond on Thursday, Nov. 21 for a 7 p.m. game with the Spiders.