TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team has started to announce their five-player recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-18 season, starting with forward Jama Bin-Edward.

A Waterloo, Ont. native, Bin-Edward spent the past season with TRC Academy in the inaugural season of the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). The co-captain helped lead the Wolfpack to a silver medal finish.

Bin-Edward has been a member of Team Ontario in 2014 and 2016 and this past season won the 2016 national championship with the U17 squad. 

Prior to playing for TRC, Bin-Edward played for the Tri-County Thunder in the Junior Elite League (JUEL) where she was named a first-team all-star and to the all-defensive team in 2015-16.

"Jama will bring great athleticism, speed, and energy to our program," said Ryerson head coach, Carly Clarke. "She is a natural leader with a skill set perfect for our aggressive defensive mindset and up-tempo style of play. Beyond that she is a great teammate who will constantly be bringing energy and pushing our team to get better."

Bin-Edward will be enrolled in the Politics & Governance program starting this fall and appears to fit right into the team culture with her mind on community engagement.

"I chose Ryerson because I felt most at home there with the coaching staff and the girls. Also, with Ryerson being in downtown Toronto it gives many opportunities to volunteer and help around the community," said Bin-Edward.

The Rams finished the 2016-17 season as OUA quarter-finalists and will be looking to return to championship form and earn their second title in three seasons in 2017-18.

Stay tuned for more recruit announcements as they become available.