-(FREDERICTON, NB) After losing six players to graduation, Varsity Reds head coach Jeff Speedy has begun re-stocking his roster.
The first members of the Varsity Reds’ 2018 recruiting class are a pair of guards.
Julia Summers is from Calgary, while Marley Curwin will come to Fredericton from Halifax.
Both have signed U SPORTS Letters of Intent.
Summers led Calgary’s Bishop Carroll High School to the silver medal at the Alberta provincial high school championship tournament, where she scored 21 points in the final and was named Carroll’s MVP.
The school’s runner-up finish at the provincial championship followed a 10-0 run through their Calgary league season.
“It’s important to me that I find a second home, and I got that feeling at UNB,” said Summers. “Coach Speedy will push me to be the best player I can be. The team is a fun group of girls that love to compete. That’s what made UNB the best fit for me.”
“Julia can score the ball, play multiple positions and has a huge upside,” said Speedy. “To have a player of her caliber come all the way out here is exciting for our program.”
Curwin had been the starting point guard on the girls varsity team at Halifax’s Citadel High School.
She was part of the Thunder Selects program at the U14 and U15 levels, and was a member of Nova Scotia’s U17 team that competed at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Curwin led the Citadel Phoenix to the Halifax Metro High School League title, earning MVP honours, and a Nova Scotia High School championship.
“I love the campus, the new Kinesiology building and the program,” said Curwin. “I’ll have an opportunity to grow as a person and as a player under Coach Speedy, and with my teammates.”
“She’s tough, aggressive, loves playing defence, and knows the game very well,” said Speedy. “She’ll fit in very well with our group and, no doubt, make us better.”
Both Summers and Curwin will study Kinesiology.
They’ll join the Varsity Reds beginning in the 2018-19 season.