Windsor, ON – Head coach Chantal Vallée, and the entire Windsor Lancer family, is pleased to announce 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 & Gold from the Ottawa Nationals in the JUEL League, while 6’2 guard Samantha Gucciardi joins the program from Bill Crothers Secondary School in 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 her Glebe C.I. team to an undefeated regular season, winning the NCSSAA title and qualifying for an ‘AAA’ OFSAA berth where she averaged 14pts per game.
Coach Vallée is extremely excited to have Uwayesu join the Lancer roster. “We are very pleased to add a high quality point guard to our Lancer squad. 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,” said Vallée. “What equally impressed me about her was how thorough she was through her recruiting process and how incredibly sound and mature a young women she is. Her leadership quality and her loyalty to her peers, programs and family will make of her an incredible addition off the floor. To us, this is as important as her skills on the floor.”
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 & 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, Ontario native attended St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS where she was named the junior female athlete of the year, 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. 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,” said Vallée . “Her personality is of high quality. She knows what she wants; she is polite yet assertive; is great leader in her community; and an outstanding student. Those traits are impressive and we are honoured she chose Windsor.”
Attending the University of Windsor and playing for Coach Vallee 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,” commented 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” Samantha plans to be getting her Bachelor in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor.