PHILADELPHIAWomen’s basketball head coach, Patrick Knapp, announced four student-athletes have been admitted to Penn and will join the team beginning with the 2007-08 season. The Class of 2011 includes guards Kim Adams (White Plains, N.Y.) and Erin Power (Elmwood Park, Ill.), forward Jerin Smith (Fort Worth, Texas) and forward/center Caroline Nicholson (Springfield, Va.).
Penn graduatedfour outstanding seniors following the 2006-07 season but return with a stacked junior class including Sarah Bucara transfer from West Virginia who, per NCAA regulations, did not compete during the 2006-07 season but practiced with the Quakers. Penn also boasts senior Kimberly Franklin and three sophomore contributors among its returners.
Knapp had originally recruited Bucar while coaching at Georgetown, but after a year of watching her in practice he said, “Sarah, along with numerous other players, made practices much more competitive than in the past. Her strength is running a team. The loss of Joey Rhoads is lessened because Sarah is that type of player and will be able to step in and help fill that void.”
A brief breakdown of each player along with comments from Coach Knapp is provided below in alphabetical order:
White Plains, N.Y. (White Plains)
High School: Played AAU for Swish Hoop ... Scored more than 1,000 career points ... Four-time all-league ... Three-time all-section ... Averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 4.7 steals per game as a senior ... The Journal News Girls Basketball Player of the Year ... League MVP ... Fourth team all-state selection ... Section Tournament MVP ... As a junior: 11.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 spg ... Team went undefeated in league play junior and senior years ... Three-time league champion ... Three-time section champion ... Two-time N.Y. Eastern Regional champion ... Two-time runner-up in state championship game ... Also swam in high school ... Was an All-America consideration ... Five-time all-state ... Three-time section champion ... Qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born August 5, 1989 ... Daughter of Bob and Sue Adams ... Has two brothers, Ryan (16) and Kyle (11) ... Mother coached Kim’s high school team and played college basketball at William & Mary ... Father played college basketball at Colgate and is an NCAA Division I men’s basketball official ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “Penn had the perfect balance of academics, athletics and location that I was looking for. The coaching staff was always very supportive of me, and the team provides an awesome atmosphere that I am excited to become a part of.”
Knapp on Adams:
“She was the section MVP which is a very talented area; Coach Koclanes came out of that area. Kim had a tremendous year. She is very strong athleticallyshe scores from the three and also drives to the basket, and she should help us defensively as well.”
Springfield, Va. (West Springfield)
High School: Played with Virginia Cardinals (Alexandria, Va.) ... Won the 2006 Junior National Championship ... Ninth at 2006 U-16 National Championship ... Named to all-district second team as a senior, first team as a junior and third team as a sophomore ... Two-time Patriot District all-tournament team selection ... As a junior: first team All-Northern Region, All-Metropolitan D.C. area honorable mention ... Team was two-time Patriot District champion, two-time runner-up ... Two-time Patriot District regular season champion ... Junior Orange Bowl champion freshman year, runner-up sophomore year ... Virginia state semifinalist freshman year ... Extensive non-athletic accomplishments ... Co-President of German Honor Society ... Member of History, English and German Honor Societies ... Central Springfield Little League Baseball assistant coach ... West Springfield HS Lady Spartan Summer Basketball camp counselor.
Personal: Born November 2, 1988 ... Daughter of Gen. John, Jr. and Olga Nicholson ... Step-aunts Sophie (Correll) Brawner and Zanna Brawner played college basketball at the University of the South ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences intending to major in history.
Why Penn? “I ultimately chose Penn because it was the best fit for me. It’s not only a great academic institution, but I adore the campus and lively city atmosphere. Another big factor in my decision was my connection with both the coaches and players at Penn. I really see myself being able to contribute to the kind of women’s basketball program Penn is attempting to builda strong and successful one.”
Knapp on Nicholson:
“At 6-2, she is strong and can score. Caroline shoots the ball well from 15 feet, has fundamental post play, and passes well. We think she will add a lot to our post play next year.”
Elmwood Park, Ill. (Fenwick)
High School: Averaged 12 assists, six points, six rebounds and six steals per game as a senior ... Named to all-state third team ... Two-time Niles North and Dundee Crown all-tournament teams ... Team was 2007 Illinois state champion ... Team was named to the USA Today Top-10 teams in the nation all four years ... Also lettered four years in cross country and track and field and one year in soccer ... National Honor Society member ... Illinois State Scholar.
Personal: Born November 17, 1988 ... Daughter of Julie and Dave Power ... Has one brother David (21) and two step-sisters, Jill (22) and Lisa (18) Mascio ... Father was her high school coach ... Mother played college basketball at Marquette ... Will enroll in Wharton intending to concentrate in management and advertising.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I knew that, beyond basketball, I would receive a great education as a foundation for the rest of my life.”
Knapp on Power:
“Erin is a very talented guard and played the point most of her career. She is a good defender and has been on a top-10 high school team her entire career. So she knows how to win and bringing that experience to Penn will definitely help.”
Fort Worth, Texas (Worcester Academy/P.L. Dunbar)
At Worcester: Team MVP ... Earned all-star honors ... averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and two steals per game.
High School: Earned first team all-area, all-region and all-state honors ... Two-time team MVP (co, senior year) ... Named team Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore ... As a freshman, earned team Newcomer of the Year and Best Rebounder awards ... First woman chosen to write a weekly sports diary for the Fort Worth Star Telegram ... Team was 2006 Texas state champion ... Also played volleyball and was named team most valuable blocker and to the all-district first team ... National Honor Society member ... Senior Historian ... HS Events Coordinator ... Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Personal: Born April 12, 1988 ... Daughter of Rick and Von Smith ... Father played college basketball at UTA ... Brother Jeremis is a senior on the Georgia Tech basketball team ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “The strong structure in academics and athletics will prepare me for a successful career in whatever I wish to pursue.”
Knapp on Smith:
“Jerin is an extremely aggressive player. Right now her strength is rebounding and defense. In going to prep school for a year, she was able to improve her perimeter game and shooting. She can run the floor and will be strong in presses. Defensively and rebounding she is probably ahead of the game.”