WASHINGTON – The 2018-19 American University women's basketball incoming class continues to grow as two more players signed their National Letters of Intent earlier this month.
"The 2018 recruiting class is a confident and competitive group of young players," said head coach Megan Gebbia, who will enter her sixth season with the Eagles in 2018-19. "They bring everything from breakdown ability and scoring to playmaking and lockdown defense. Their adjustment to the college game will be important to our overall success and will make an immediate impact on our program. This five-player signing class is our largest in my tenure, and I couldn't be more excited to watch them add to our winning culture and learn from a successful core of returners."
Taylor Brown (Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North HS) and Emily Fisher (Melbourne, Australia / Emmaus College) will join the Eagles next season alongside Maddie Doring (Sayreville, N.J. / Saint John Vianney), Jade Edwards (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) and Laura Graytok (Greensburg, Pa. / Greater Latrobe Senior HS) as the five members of AU's incoming freshman class.
Fisher, the program's first Australian player under Gebbia, joins junior Elina Koskimies (Helsinki, Finland) as the only two international players on the women's basketball roster. The Melbourne-native brings with her some experience on the national stage, having competed in the national tournament with the U-16 Victoria State team.
Minnesota-native Brown also marks a first for Gebbia and her staff after committing to AU on April 11. Brown led her team to three state tournaments during her time at Lakeville North HS, finishing fourth as a junior and third during her senior year.
|Taylor Brown||F||6-0||Lakeville, Minn.||Lakeville North|
|Maddie Doring||G||5-11||Sayreville, N.J.||Saint John Vianney|
|Jade Edwards||G||5-9||Chicago, Ill.||Latin School of Chicago|
|Emily Fisher||G||5-7||Melbourne, Australia||Emmaus College|
|Laura Graytok||G||5-8||Greensburg, Pa.||Greater Latrobe Senior HS|
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North)
Club Team: Minnesota Stars
Highlights: Helped lead her team to three state tournaments, including a fourth-place finish in 2017 and a third-place finish in 2018 … Averaged 10.4 ppg during her senior season … Two-time All-Conference … Selected for the 2017-18 Minnesota All-Star Game … All-State Honorable Mention (2018) … Academic All-State (2018) … 2017-18 Ms. Basketball finalist … Club team was second in the state during the 2016-17 season … Dad, Mark, played football for the University of North Dakota.
Coach Gebbia on Taylor: "Taylor is a multi-dimensional post player who can attack off the bounce and has the physicality to get position on the block. She can stretch the defense with her range to the 3-point line and she competes for every possession. She prides herself on the defensive end and can guard a variety of positions which is a role we will need to fill next season."
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia (Emmaus College)
Club Team: Knox Basketball Association
Highlights: Played for the Knox Basketball Association in Boronia for 15 years … Won back-to-back Victorian Youth Championship titles (2014, 2015) … Selection for the U-16 Victoria State team that competed in the 2014 national championship … Was a member of the Basketball Australia National Performance Program (NPP) from 2014-16 … Selected to the 2016 U-18 Victoria State team … Also competed in track & field at Emmaus College and specialized in the triple jump … She was the 2017 Open Female Champion for Athletics and Cross Country in 2017 … Captain for the track & field team in 2016 and 2017.
Coach Gebbia on Emily: "Emily is a dynamic point guard with tremendous court presence and a competitive drive to win. Her ability to create her own shot and her experience playing at a high level will enable her to adjust to the college game quickly. She will make an immediate impact in our transition game and will provide us with depth in the backcourt."
Hometown: Sayreville, N.J. (Saint John Vianney)
Club Team: New Jersey Belles
Highlights: 2015 State Champion … Three-time division champion … Two-time Non-Public A South champion … Won the 2015-16 Tournament of Champions after closing the season as the No. 1-ranked team in New Jersey … Averaged 6.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg her junior season.
Coach Gebbia on Maddie: "Maddie brings a championship pedigree and the know-how to play within a system. She can shoot the ball with ease and has been able to attack the rim to keep defenders honest. Her 5-11 frame is something we were looking for and her length can cause problems on the defensive end."
Hometown: Chicago, Ill. (Latin School of Chicago)
Club Team: Flow Basketball Academy
Highlights: Three-time first team all-conference selection … Two-time conference player of the year and MVP … 2017 Second Team All-State selection … Reached the 1,000-point mark in her junior season after helping the team to its third consecutive conference title and second consecutive regional title … Averaged 21.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg and 3.4 apg as a junior.
Coach Gebbia on Jade: "Jade is a strong, powerful guard who makes scoring seem effortless. She can play either wing position and has the unique ability to see a play ahead and set her teammates up to score. Jade's basketball IQ and love for the game will make an immediate impact her freshman year."
Hometown: Greensburg, Pa. (Greater Latrobe Senior HS)
Club Team: Pittsburgh
Highlights: 2017 First Team All-Section … Two-time Second Team All-Section … Averaged 22 ppg, 5 assists and 4 steals per game as a junior … Brother, Brian, plays basketball at Washington & Jefferson College … Brother, Sean, plays basketball at U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Coach Gebbia on Laura: "Laura is a combo guard who is a workhorse that doesn't quit. Her speed and quickness will help with our transition game, and her ball handling and ability to attack the rim will help replace what we graduate. Laura's development is exciting to watch, and I love that she puts the extra time into her craft."
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