At this point, the University of the Fraser Valley’s women’s basketball recruiting class for 2011 has officially entered “embarrassment of riches” territory.
Zoey Haramboure, a standout forward out of Langley’s Brookswood Secondary, became the latest to commit to the Cascades on Tuesday.
She’s the sixth member of a recruiting class that already included her high school teammate Sydney Schepikoff, Lauren Sollero of Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary, and the W.J. Mouat Hawks trio of Kayli Sartori, Katie Brink and Jaslyen Singh.
Haramboure had originally committed to the University of Victoria, but she reconsidered after Brian Cheng stepped down as Vikes head coach last week.
“This just kind of fell into our lap, no doubt about it,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer enthused. “She sought us out.
“I was pretty pleased with our rotation after Jas (Singh) signed. But when this opportunity came around, we had to explore it. We’re really excited she’s coming.”
Tuchscherer describes Haramboure as “super-competitive.” She’s also a lights-out shooter – against the Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam in January, she knocked down 11 three-pointers en route to a 45-point outing.
“We have kids who can shoot it, but she can step in and be one of our better shooters right out of the gate,” said Tuchscherer, who envisions envisions Haramboure slotting in as a small forward, though she could play power forward when the Cascades go with a quicker lineup.
• The UFV women’s basketball team is headed to Antigua for 10 days in May.
The Cascades are joining UFV kinesiology instructor Joanna Sheppard, who is teaching a course entitled “Champions for Health Promoting Schools” on the Caribbean island. Students work side-by-side with local educators to promote health education in innovative ways.