The new recruiting class that Michel Powell welcomed figures to bring a lot of speed and play-making ability to the Middlesex County College women’s basketball program.
All eight players in the 2019-20 recruiting class, and many members of their families, attended the event at College Center in March.
Powell and assistant coach Tracey Napoleon introduced forward Bailey Rosenmeier (Johnson Regional/Clark), guard Kenisha Chester (Edison), guard Olivia Tirso (Benedictine Academy/Elizabeth), guard Yaselin Gonzalez (Benedictine Academy/Elizabeth), forward Kathryn Cottrell (North Brunswick), point guard Daisy Arocho (Perth Amboy Tech), forward Jasmine Blanco (New Brunswick) and guard Morgan Brady (East Brunswick).
“I’m excited,” said Powell, whose team is coming off a 4-16 season. “We have eight solid kids coming into the program. So, we’re expecting a good season next year – back to where we’ve been in years past.”
“Right now, all we’re probably lacking is a center, but we’ll have more speed this year. We’ll be faster. We’ll be able to come up the court. With the added speed and ability to bring the ball up, we should play more up-tempo next year.”
Powell is also adding a good scorer in Rosenmeier (about 11 points per game her senior year) and a defensive whiz in Chester. They were the first two players in this class to commit to MCC.
“I’m very excited,” said Rosenmeier, who will bring a physical presence under the basket. “This is an amazing opportunity. That I am now a part of this family is amazing.”
Chester said she feels most comfortable at the three or four and relishes the chance to shut down other teams’ best scorers.
“When I shut down the other teams’ best players,” Chester said, “I feel it makes my team play better. If I play good defense, then the others play good defense and we’re all playing good defense.”