Clarkson announces freshmen recruits for women's basketball team
POTSDAM – Second-year head Clarkson University Women’s Basketball head coach John Hampton has brought in a freshman class of five promising players.
Brooke Butkovsky, Raeanne Clabeaux, Taliah Pounds, Jovanna Snead, and Leighann Tomita will join eight veterans from last season to produce a team that hopes to vie for a spot in the Liberty League post-season come late February 2012.Hampton had glowing comments regarding each as the team looks to turn the corner starting this fall.
Butkovsky was a four-year member of her varsity team at Masuk High School in Monroe, CT, and served as a captain last year. “Brooke possesses all of the essential qualities a team needs to be successful,” Hampton said. “She seems to really understand that work will win, when wishing won’t. We look forward to her contagious energy every day in the gym.”
Clabeaux, a three-year varsity team member at Cazenovia High School and native of New Woodstock, NY, was selected as a First-Team All-Central New York player last season. She led her team to the state tournament semifinals and averaged 15 points per game. “Raeanne is an extremely versatile player that can play just about any position. Her unique skill set, along with her unmatched work ethic and competitiveness, will result in her becoming a special player at Clarkson.”
Pounds hails from Troy, NY, having played for the Catholic Central varsity team for four years and averaging 13 points per game. “Taliah has the potential to be a very good college basketball player, and an even greater rebounder. Our goal is to turn that potential into productivity.”
Snead attended Poughkeepsie High School and was another four-year varsity team member, leading her team in assists and pushing her team into the post-season every season. “Jovanna thrives on getting her teammates involved. Her selflessness has proven to be one of her strongest attributes. We look forward to pushing her to become an even better overall player.”
Tomita is traveling the furthest to become a Golden Knight, hailing from Cerritos, CA. A two-year captain and three-year varsity team member at Cerritos High School, Tomita was named All-League twice. "Leighann epitomizes the saying 'good things come in small packages.' She embraces her size as a strength, not a weakness. This has allowed her to compete against the West Coast's best athletes."