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Evans a recruiting gold mine for Pride?

Hempstead, NY - November 4, 2010: Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY - November 4, 2010: Hofstra University sophomore / returning starting forward #30 Shante Evans, left, shoots a jumper contested by #35 Marie Malone during women's basketball team practice held at Mack Sports Complex, located on campus. (Nov. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: James Escher

Talk about a recruiting gold mine. Sometimes it only takes one magical player to put a program in the right place when it comes to recruiting.

Hoftstra’s Shante Evans was named to the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s Pan American Games team on Tuesday. Evans, fresh off an 18.4-point, 11-rebound season, became the first sophomore in school history to reach 1,000-plus career points.

Evans’ accolades proves one thing: an athlete can find success and any school, be it a BCS or non-BCS program. In addition to being named to the All-CAA and All-Met first teams, Evans was an AP All-American honorable mention selection last season.

So how will this help Hofstra in the long run? Pride coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey has done an excellent job recruiting and should eventually reap the benefits of having a player who has received national notoriety.

Obviously the Pride women could really help themselves by getting over the NCAA hump. It could happen this year as the Pride returns most of its regulars, including Marie Malone, who missed all but four games with a leg injury last year, Kate Loper, fresh off an impressive freshman campaign, Nicole Capurso and Candice Bellocchio.

This could be the best team Kilburn-Steveskey has had.


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