It’s been two years since Chaminade-Julienne last won a girls basketball state title. If the number of NCAA Division I recruits a team has has anything to do with the potential to hoist the championship trophy, pencil the Eagles in with the early season favorites in Division I.
C-J, led by three D-I recruits, is looking to continue a tradition that has made it one of the most respected programs in the country.
“With three kids committed to Division I programs, we expect to have a strong year,” C-J coach Mark Greenberg said. “The GGCL is always tough but we expect our schedule to help us get ready for tournament.”
Among C-J’s commits is senior guard Tiera Stephen who is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the state. Stephen, who’s headed to Louisville, already ranks among the Top 10 in C-J history in points (415), rebounds (269), assists (157) and steals (180).
Seniors India Warfield (St. Louis) and Rachel Chandler (Central Connecticut State) are also headed to D-I schools. Warfield averaged 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, while Chandler chipped in 7.6 points.
Adding depth is Shene Fleming, who ranks among the program’s Top 10 rebounders (286). Fleming averaged 7.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.
Perhaps the most intriguing player on the Eagles roster is sophomore Samarie Walker. Walker was the Eagles leading scorer (11.7 points) and rebounder (6.9) last season.
In addition to its GGCL slate, the Eagles will also play Centerville, Beavercreek and Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame.
“This group is not only talented, but extremely eager to learn,” Greenberg said. “They challenge themselves every day to find something new that will help us win. I am excited to watch all the pieces of this group come together.”