Women's Basketball Welcomes Talented Class of 2015
The Harvard women’s basketball team welcomes five members of the Class of 2015 this fall. The group was ranked by ESPN as the 31st best recruiting class of 2011. The newcomers, three forwards and two guards, hail from four different states and the U.K.
Harvard’s Class of 2015 boasts the first ever McDonald’s All-American to make his or her collegiate debut at an Ivy League school. The group also includes a McDonald’s All-American nominee, a Wendy’s Heisman Award finalist (GA) and Class Valedictorian. All five incoming freshmen were multisport athletes and were involved in numerous extracurricular activities and organizations during their high school careers.
Ali Curtis, 5-9, Guard, Lebanon, Ind.
Kaitlyn Dinkins, 5-8, Guard, Atlanta, Ga.
Temi Fagbenle, 6-4, Forward, London, England
Christine Mansour, 5-11, Guard, Naples, Fla.
Erin McDonell, 6-1, Forward, Morristown, N.J.
“In my 30 years in the league, I have had and seen some extraordinary classes - this one shoots to the top of the list, “ said head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. “Here at Harvard we recruit student-athletes who combine hard work, strong character, and desire to build on the winning legacy that is Harvard Women’s Basketball. In addition to being outstanding basketball players, our incoming freshmen embody these traits. With the addition of the Class of 2015, we are extremely excited to continue striving for higher levels of success while building on the championship tradition we have established here at Harvard.”
“These young women have been remarkable in all aspects of their lives, not just as athletes. I am confident they will contribute immediately to the Harvard community by continuing their excellence in community outreach and leadership. I look forward to watching them attain success both on the court and off.”
Three-time captain … High School team won the Sagamore Conference Championship … Averaged 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as a senior … Led high school team to an outstanding 20-4 record … Named to the All-Sagamore first-team as a junior and senior … Career 1,000 point scorer … Leading scorer sophomore through senior year … Earned MVP honors as junior and senior year, and was also honored as a Top Scholar Athlete three times … Was a three-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State and ICGSA first-team Academic All-state selection … Played in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic … Also excelling at soccer, earning All-Sagamore first-team honors three teams …Top scorer in soccer for three seasons, MVP twice, and earned the distinction of Top Scholar Athlete Academic All-State selection two times … Valedictorian … National Honor Society Secretary … Student Council Vice President … Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Council … Indiana High School Athletic Association Advisory Committee Representative for two years … Boone County Kiwanis Youth Global Leadership Academy Representative for three years.
Basketball captain as a junior and senior … Led high school team to a record of 26-6 her senior year, the best record in school history and to a runner up finish at the Georgia state championship also another school first … Member of the 1,000 point club, scoring over 1,200 points … Holds Pace Academy school records and ranks in the all-time top 10 in Georgia for most three pointers in a game (9), season (82), and career (192) … Named to the 2010 and 2011 all-city and South Fulton second-team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … Named to the GHSA first-team, all-region 5A as a junior and a senior … Wendy’s High School Heisman Georgia state finalist as a senior … Won the Raymond Buckley Senior Athlete award … Recipient of the Jim and Leslie Wheeler Scholar Athlete award in 2009 … Region 6AA all-tournament team honorable mention in ’sophomore … AP Scholar with honors … Member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society … Awarded the Pace Academy Headmasters award as a senior… Recipient of the Ralph Lee Newton Verbal Arts Achievement award … National Merit Scholarship semifinalist … Recipient of Foreign Language Department award for French … State of Georgia Certificate of Merit winner as a junior … Won the Smith College Literary award during junior year… Given the Pace Academy Faculty award as a sophomore, the highest academic award given to one female and one male student … Inducted into Sanford and Barbara Orkin Scholarship Society … Creator and founder of the Hope for Hoops Scholarship award.
Named a McDonald’s All American and to the Parade All-America team as a senior … Ranked 13th overall and fifth at forward in the 2011 class by ESPN HoopGurlz … Ranked fifth by Blue Star Basketball … Named MVP of the Blue Start Europe Tournament in January … Named New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and Eastern Propane MugsMedia Prep Player of the Year as a senior … Earned England U18 Player of the Year honors … Her team won the U18 Women’s European championship in 2010, during which she led the tournament in five statistical categories including rebounds, double-doubles, and two-point field goal percentage … Led Blair Academy to the MAPL and State titles as a senior … Earned Worcester Basketball Tournament MVP in as a sophomore and junior … Received All-MAPL honors … A three-time MAPL and state champion in the high jump … Won the javelin at the MAPL and states as a sophomore and the shot put as a senior … Two-time discus MAPL and state champion … Holds high school high jump record ... Performed in her high school musical “The Drowsy Chaperon” … Member of the student council … Her brother, Dapo, played basketball at Campbell and Bellarmine.
Four-year varsity letterwinner for basketball, and three-time varsity letter winner for volleyball …Holds the school record of 34 points in a game … Made the all-tournament team for the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout Tournament in 2008 and the 2009 Kruel Classic Tournament … Best Offensive Player in 2009 for Barron Collier … Named to the ESPN Rise Girls’ Basketball fourth-team in 2009 … McDonald’s All American Nomination as a senior … FACA All-State All-Star game participant … Indiana Ms. Basketball finalist … Made the all-area team all four year and earned all-state and all-conference honors as a senior year… Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society … Won the Princeton Book Award as a junior … Named a College Board AP Scholar with honors … Vice President of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society … Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Basketball captain as a junior and senior and tennis captain as a senior … Earned all-conference honors all four years in both basketball and tennis … All-county selection in basketball during senior season … Basketball MVP for final three seasons … Member of the 1,000 point club, totaling 1,529 career scores … Led her team to the state championship for the first time in school history … Named to the all-tournament team for the MLK Holiday Tournament in 2010 … Honored by the Union County Basketball Coaches Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation on “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” her senior year… Member of the Latin National Honor Society … Her great uncle, Gene, also attended Harvard.