Apr 22, 2009
I know this part of the site is for VCU Men’s Basketball, but does anyone know where we can find out about who our Women’s team is bringing in this year, and or next? I know the team did really well last year and hopefully can build on it with a solid recruiting class. Q will be big but hopefully Chelsea Snyder (6' 6" Center) can step in and fill the void....but any other information would be great! I know DB knows

The below are our freshmen for this year, if all have enrolled. Perry will probably start at the center spot.

RICHMOND, Va. – The 2008-2009 season has just begun for the Virginia Commonwealth University women’s basketball team, but the Rams are already set up for next season as Head Coach Beth Cunningham announced the signing of four recruits during the early signing period.

Joining the Rams will be Daphne Adebayo (Duluth, Ga.), Robyn Hobson (Leawood, Kan.), Bree’Ana Perry (Aiken, S.C.) (below) and Mariah Stewart (Albany, N.Y.).

“We are thrilled with the signing of these four new student-athletes,” said Cunningham. “My staff has done an outstanding job in identifying the needs of our program and signing a class that will certainly be able to contribute and help us continue to build an exciting future for VCU Women’s Basketball. Each has proven to be an outstanding student-athlete at their respective schools, and we are excited to have them be a part of the VCU family.”

Adebayo, a 6’2” forward, is a ferocious defender for the Duluth High School Wildcats, who also can put it in the hoop. She averaged over 12 points and six rebounds per outing last season. Last year, her leadership led Duluth to the Class AAAAA Final Four.

“Daphne will bring a great deal of speed and athleticism in the post,” Cunningham said. “She comes from a very successful high school and AAU program and knows how to win.”

Perry brings a powerful post presence to the Black and Gold and was recently named as one of the top five seniors in her state by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches’ Association. Her 6’4” frame creates allows her to wreak havoc on the glass, while also having a nice shooting touch.

“Bree will bring the size, offensive and defensive presence, and potential to be a dominant post player in our program,” Cunningham said. “We feel Bree will help fill the void in the post with the graduation of Quanitra [Hollingsworth].”

The VCU backcourt will get an added boost with the additions of Hobson, 5’9”, and Stewart, 5’11”.

Hobson is a star on the Blue Valley North High School squad, where she brings an unmatched intensity to every part of her game. Her athleticism and quickness allow her to create space on the offensive side and dominate the opponent on the defensive side.

Stewart, who earned All-Area First Team honors for Bishop Maginn High School last season, will bring an offensive presence to the Rams backcourt as she averaged nearly 15 points a game last season. She chose VCU over the likes of Miami, Hartford and Towson.

“Both Robyn and Mariah have outstanding speed, athleticism, and size in their positions,” said Cunningham. “They both have a scorer’s mentality and will be a great combination on the wing.”