Harvard will add six freshmen to the roster in 2015-16 (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's basketball will welcome six student-athletes from the Class of 2019 to the program this fall, head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced Friday.
"We are excited about our incoming freshmen class because it immediately gives us elite athleticism and a strong mix of skill, versatility, and depth that we desperately need, and will complement our core of returners," said Delaney-Smith.
The class, which spans five states, includes four guards and two forwards. The incoming Crimson student-athletes combined to win 16 conference or sectional championship titles. Harvard returns two starters and nine letterwinners from a season ago.
Kelsey Bogdan Freshman G 5-11 Clarendon Hills, Ill./Montini Catholic
Four-year starter for Montini Catholic High School … Played AAU with the Illinois Lady Lightning from 2007-14 … Montini team captain in 2014-15 … Helped MCHS to two state champion Class 3A titles and two third-place finishes, while also winning four conference championships … Recorded a 133-12 record over four years played … Two-time all-conference selection in the IHSA Girls Class 3A … 2013 all-tournament team … Four-time academic all-conference selection … DuPage All-Area team in 2015 and honorable mention in 2014 … 2015 Sun Times Top-40 … Also a varsity soccer player.
Delaney-Smith on Bogdan: Kelsey will bring great size, versatility, and athleticism to our perimeter game. She can impact the game on both the offensive and defensive ends. Kelsey is an excellent decision maker with a great ability to attack and score in the open court. Her potential is enormous and the sky is the limit.
Hayley Isenberg Freshman F 6-2 Dallas, Texas/Greenhill School
Four-year starter at forward for the Greenhill School … Three-time Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) All-Conference and All-North Zone selection … Was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), Texas Private School Player of the Year as a junior and earned Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior … Named to the 2014-15 TABC All-Academic team … A 2014-15 McDonald's All-America nominee … Led the Greenhill School to a SPC Championship as a junior and two SPC North Zone Championships … Amassed 1,253 points 1,002 rebounds in her four-year career at the Greenhill School ... Set the Greenhill School single season block record twice, first as a junior with 96 and then as a senior with 111 … Lettered four times in volleyball and three times in track at the Greenhill School … Played three years of club basketball with Dallas All Net.
Delaney-Smith on Isenberg: Hayley is the stretch 4 player that every program looks for. She has great touch around the basket and is very accurate from three-point range. We value her length, athleticism, and ability to exploit mismatches. She learns quickly, is a hard worker, and we are expecting great things from Hayley.
Sarah Luedke Freshman F 6-2 Longview, Wash./R. A. Long
Four-year starter at center for R. A. Long High School … Three-time team captain at R.A. Long … Named to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Athlete of the Week as a junior … Named to the GSHL 1st team All-League three times and 2nd team All-League once … Holds the R.A. Long records in points in a season, points in a game, career points, blocks in a season, blocks in a game, career block, rebounds in a season, rebounds in a game and career rebounds … Four-year starter for Bucky's Elite AAU, captaining the side three times … Earned the Bucky's Elite AAU Team MVP award in three consecutive seasons (2012-2014) … Was also a three-year starter at middle blocker for R. A. Long volleyball … Named to the GSHL 1st team All-League twice and 2nd team All-League once.
Delaney-Smith on Luedke: Sarah brings size and mobility to the forward position. She is a determined player and has great potential as a rebounder and a shot blocker. We are excited about the way Sarah can add to and complement our front court.
Madeline Raster Freshman G 5-9 South Bend, Ind./Saint Joseph
Four-year starter at guard for St. Joseph … Named first team All-Conference twice and All-Conference honorable mention once … An IBCA All-State First Team "Supreme 15" selection as a senior … Named an Indiana All Star … Selected to the Michiana McDonald's All Star game and the North/South All Star Game … Earned an ICGSA Academic All-State selection as a senior … Led Saint Joseph to two Northern Indiana Conference (NIC) sectional championships and a conference championship in her senior season … A four-year letter winner in soccer as a midfielder at Saint Joseph … Named to the NIC All-Conference team as a senior, was twice named to the All-District second team … Named an ISCA All-Academic Player as a junior and a senior … Helped Saint Joseph capture four-consecutive NIC conference and sectional championships, two NIC regional championships and a state runner-up finish in 2012.
Delaney-Smith on Raster: Madeline is a complete player who can play all guard positions. Her game combines explosiveness and power with skill and finesse. She will bring leadership and a great court IQ to Harvard. Whether it is scoring herself or setting up a teammate - she simply knows the right play for her team and executes it.
Nani Redford Freshman G 5-5 Manhasset, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran
Five-year letterwinner and three-year starter for Long Island Lutheran … Team ranked 23rd and 29th in the nation in 2015 by MaxPreps and USA Today, respectively … In 2014, ranked No. 8 in the nation by USA Today … Four-time New York State Federation champions … Newsday All-Long Island guard … Basketball Coaches Association of New York Inc. Section All-Star … New York State Private School first team selection … New York State Federation Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team … Played AAU for the Long Island Lightning for six years and New York City Heat for two years … Also started four years at defense and midfield for the lacrosse team.
Delaney-Smith on Redford: Nani is an incredibly quick guard who can have an immediate impact on the defensive end. She is tough to stop in the open court and will be a matchup challenge for all our opponents. We are very excited about Nani's combination of elite athleticism and great understanding of the game.
Sydney Skinner Freshman G 5-7 Plano, Texas/Plano West
Four-year letterwinner for Plano West … Captained the team as a junior and senior … Led Plano West to four-consecutive District 10 championships and to the Texas 5A Final Four as a junior … A three-time District 10 All-District team selection and a TASCO first team All-Region selection as a junior … Named the District 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … A McDonald's All-America nominee.
Delaney-Smith on Skinner: Sydney is a very athletic guard who shows a great ability to score in a number of ways. She can shoot the three, get to the basket, or pull up for the midrange shot. This skill set combined with her physical strength and athleticism give her the potential to contribute early in her career.