By Elisa Mitton
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancers head coach Chantal Vallée has announced the commitment of two standout recruits to the Lancer women’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
Eve Uwayesu, a 5’ 6” point guard, joins the Blue and Gold from the Ottawa Nationals, of the JUEL League, while 6’ 2” guard Samantha Gucciardi joins the program from Bill Crothers Secondary School, of the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association.
A native of Ottawa, Uwayesu has played with the Nationals for three years and has been named a JUEL all-star twice, while also being named an Ottawa national capital all-star and the MVP for Team East at the national capital all-star game.
The dynamic guard helped the Glebe Collegiate Institute team to an undefeated regular season, winning the NCSSAA title and qualifying for an AAA OFSAA berth, where she averaged 14ppg.
“We are very pleased to add a high quality point guard to our Lancer squad,” said Vallée. “The level of basketball IQ from Eve leading the point is outstanding. She is the total package for this position. Combined with her athletic ability, her passing, her scoring, and her defense, I would not be surprised if she quickly becomes one of the best point guards in this country.”
Uwayesu plans to be studying Sport Management in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, while getting her minor in Business Administration, and is equally as excited to become part of the Lancer family.
“The Lancer women’s basketball team has an amazing group of players and coaches that are focused and dedicated. They are unquestionably passionate about the sport and I feel that I can contribute by bringing my energy, as well as my will to win, to every practice and game,” said Uwayesu. “I chose the University of Windsor because my family and I felt that it is where I would develop my skills to become an elite top university player as well as a top student.”
At 6’2, Gucciardi will add some much needed size to the Lancer roster next season. A member of Team Ontario U17 team for the past two years, Gucciardi helped lead the squad to two national gold medals in 2015 and 2016.
She was recently invited to the Team Canada U19 training camp this past December, and has been a Team Canada TAS Pod participant since 2015.
Prior to transferring to Bill Crothers of the OSBA, the Vaughn native attended St Jean de Brebeuf CHS where she was named the junior female athlete of the year and the junior and senior girls basketball team MVP while also playing for the GTA West of the JUEL League.
“Landing a national team prospect with the qualities of Samantha is essential for our program continued success,” said Vallée. “The fact that she has been in a sports-school as reputable as Bill Crothers means she already know how to train at the elite level on a daily basis, how to manage the demands of practicing, weight lifting, and running, combined with ensuing academic success.”
Attending the University of Windsor and playing for Coach Vallée is something Gucciardi has been dreaming about for years.
“I still remember the rush of excitement I felt when first meeting coach Vallee at a tournament hosted at the University of Windsor two years ago,” said Gucciardi. “Meeting the team, the professors, and coaching staff brought back the excitement and reinforced my decision that Windsor was the place for me. I cannot wait to get started and help this team win more championships.”
Gucciardi plans to be getting her Bachelor in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor.