May 2, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Head Coach Dianne Nolan has announced the three student-athletes who will the join the Lafayette women's basketball team this fall. Jazmin Hayes, Jamie O'Hare and Annette Snow comprise the Leopards' Class of 2016.
"This incoming class is very offensive-minded; they will bring additional firepower to our offense and improve our transition play," said Nolan. "They have all excelled in high school and at the highest level of AAU competition and will bring their winning attitudes to our program. We look forward to having these three young women join the Lafayette family."
Hayes, a 6-1 forward from Cincinnati, comes to College Hill from Mount Notre Dame High School. Currently ranked 80th among high school forwards by ESPN, Hayes averaged 6.0 points and ranked among the best in the Girls' Greater Cincinnati League with 5.1 rebounds in 19 games for the Cougars as a junior. She went on to earn Honorable Mention All-GGCL status in that campaign. Hayes was sidelined due to injury as a senior but is expected to make a full recovery prior to joining the Leopards.
"Jazmin is a physical player who can score down low. She also has good hands, can run the floor and is improving her range from the perimeter," said Nolan. "Her style will be a solid complement and contrast to our current roster of post players."
A 5-6 combo guard from Staten Island, N.Y., O'Hare played her senior season at Moore Catholic following to a standout career at the now-closed St. Peter's High School. After averaging 17.9 points per game en route to CHSSA Island and Archdiocesan titles and an appearance in the Catholic State AA Championship Game, O'Hare received the Jaques Award as the most outstanding girls' basketball player on Staten Island as well as New York Post All-Staten Island Player of the Year honors. As a junior, she was named the Catholic High School Athletic Association Most Valuable Player after leading St. Peter's to its 16th consecutive CHSAA Staten Island Championship. ESPN.com classified O'Hare among "the great New York City point guards" after the July 2010 Nike Summer Showcase. Academically, she is a National Honor Society member and intends to study Mathematics.
"Jamie has all of the skills of a true point guard and can also play on the wing as a shooting guard," Nolan sad. "She sees the floor well in transition and can create scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates."
Snow, a Manalapan, N.J. native, is a 5-11 wing from Blair Academy. As a junior and senior, she helped guide the Buccaneers to their first-ever Mid-Atlantic Prep League and Prep A state titles as well as an unblemished 14-0 mark in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. Blair Academy was a combined 45-5 during Snow's two seasons at the school. She played her freshman and sophomore years at Freehold Township High School, combining for 1,043 points in her four-year scholastic career. Currently a volunteer at Centra State Hospital in Freehold, N.J., she plans to major in Biology at Lafayette.
"Annette is a quick, athletic player who can get to the rim and score from the outside. She is a strong defender and an all-around solid player," said Nolan.
In addition to these three student-athletes, the Leopards return 10 active players from the 2011-12 campaign, including Patriot League Rookie of the Year Emily Homan and Danielle Fiacco, who finished ranked second in the nation with a Lafayette- and Patriot League-record 3.73 blocked shots per game. Lafayette will also incorporate forward Kelly Loughney, a former All-University Athletic Association talent from New York University who was ineligible last season due to NCAA transfer rules.