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Women's basketball announces 2018-19 recruiting class

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team has announced the remaining five additions to their 2018-19 recruiting class.

Eleanor Jones, Latifah Roach, Hayley Robertson, Aryn Sidhu, and Inari Syrjänen are set to join the Rams in September.  The five commitments bring the total recruiting class to six players, as the addition of New Brunswick’s Rachel Farwell was announced in May.

Ryerson will host the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Final 8 national tournament from March 7-10, 2019. The new additions to the program solidifies the team’s already talented roster heading into a nationals year.

Of the five newly announced recruits, three players have previously played collegiate level and two are international student-athletes.

2018-19 Recruiting Class (Alphabetical Order)

Eleanor Jones

Jones, the first of two international recruits, joins the Rams after playing NCAA Division I basketball at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2016-17.  A native of Ayr, Scotland, Jones has played with both the Scottish U16 and English U18 national teams while living in the United Kingdom.

As a forward, Jones tallied 15 rebounds, 13 points, six blocks and five steals in 12 games at the University of Colorado.

“Eleanor has tremendous potential to be an impact player in our league right away,” says Rams head coach Carly Clarke. “She has great athleticism but her most impressive traits are her work ethic and determination. We are excited to have Eleanor help bolster our already strong front court.”

Jones self-describes as a “highly competitive athletic forward who can play down low or out on the perimeter.” 

“I chose Ryerson because of the variety of academic programs and the competitive basketball league,” says Jones. “The university’s campus is in an exciting location and the facilities are one-of-a-kind.”

Jones will enter Ryerson’s Arts and Contemporary Studies program in September.

Latifah Roach

After playing two years at Concordia University, Roach is set to take to the court for the Rams this season. The point guard played in nine games for the Stingers in 2016-17, averaging 3.3 points, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 rebounds.

In 22 career games, Roach left Concordia having tallied 76 points, 38 rebounds, and 17 steals.

Roach, a Montreal, Q.C. native, will enter Ryerson’s Child and Youth Care program.

Hayley Robertson

Robertson is the second of two former NCAA Division I players to commit to the Rams for the 2018-19 season. A point guard from Toronto, Ont., Robertson played three seasons at the University of Vermont.  

In 89 career games across three seasons at UVM, Robertson averaged 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 0.85 steals in 21.1 minutes per game.

“Hayley is a competitor through and through, and demonstrates the characteristics, both as a player and a person, that we want as members of our program,” says Clarke. “Her experience playing at a high level through high school, club and college basketball will have an immediate impact on our program.”

Robertson graduated from Bill Crothers S.S. in Markham where she received the Student-Athlete of the Year honours in 2012, 2014, and 2015.  On a club level, Robertson played for the Brampton Warriors JUEL, and was named a JUEL First-Team All-Star in the 2014-15 season.

“I feel that Carly’s coaching style will be a good fit for me and her knowledge of the game will help take my game to the next level,” says Robertson. “On top of that, I was born and raised in Toronto and love the city.”

Robertson will be working towards her Masters in Business Administration starting in September.

Aryn Sidhu

Sidhu, a true freshman, joins the Rams from up the street in Mississauga, Ont.  The shooting guard played her club level basketball with the Oakville Venom and the Mississauga Monarchs.

Sidhu will redshirt for the 2018-19 season. A graduate of Stephen Lewis S.S. in Mississauga, she will enter Ryerson’s Undeclared Engineering program in the fall.

Inari Syrjänen

Syrjänen is the second international recruit to commit to the Rams for the 2018-19 season. A native of Espoo, Finland, Syrjänen will make the trip overseas to Toronto after playing for the Turun Riento in the Finnish Naisten Korisliiga league for two seasons. Prior to this, the shooting guard played at various levels with her hometown club, the Espoo Basket Team, for several seasons.

Syrjänen self-describes as an “ambitious person who works hard and hates losing”, saying she is a true competitor who constantly sets and works towards her goals.

“We are excited to have Inari join us,” says Clarke. “Her experience at a high level will add both depth and experience to our roster for the upcoming season.”

Syrjänen will enter Ryerson’s Business Management program in September.

The Rams are set to open up the 2018-19 regular season at home against the Toronto Varsity Blues on October 26, 2018. More information about the team’s upcoming games can be found here.


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