Hamilton Wildcat PRIDE player Keesha Harris was named player of the game for the North (Zone 3) in the recent fifth annual Niagara All-Star Classic Top 10 girls basketball game. Keesha, who had a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds, attends Blessed Trinity High School.
During her time with PRIDE, Harris has received expressions of interest from NCAA Salem State and Massachusetts universities in the United States. She is now deciding where to pursue her basketball career and is considering a U.S. or Canadian university (Laurentian, Windsor, Western or Brock).
Jessica Thomas and Taylor Giancani have also received interest from U.S. schools with their play at the Best of Best in Pennsylvania.
With her showing during the Niagara All Star Game, Harris will have no trouble in extending her playing career, noted PRIDE coach Kim Giancani. “She is an excellent athlete and a great kid to coach.”
The PRIDE placed second in a Massachusetts Division 2 tournament in November and celebrated a win on Dec. 13th against the Mississauga Monarchs. “Our shooting as a whole team has improved tremendously with the help of NOAH. The team has purchased a NOAH system to utilize technology to assist our shooting arcs and it has made a difference,” said Giancani.
The PRIDE is the first team in Canada to utilize this technology, which is prevalent in all the U.S. universities and professional NBA teams in the states. Giancani will be offering NOAH clinics later in the year to assist other local athletes with their arc for their shot.
Celebrating Harris’s achievements, the PRIDE is looking forward to success at the AAU Girls’ Basketball Nationals, to be played at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in July.
Three basketball clinics are being offered in 2010 by Hamilton Wildcat PRIDE for girls grades 9 to 12. For further information –visit the team’s web site for registration: www.hamiltonwildcatpride.com