Dukes Sign 3 Girls Basketball Players

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has announced the signings of guard Jocelyn Floyd (Washington, Pa./ Washington), guard Ahjah Hall (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and forward Carly Vendemia (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) to National Letters of Intent.

Jocelyn Floyd, a 5-8 guard, was named to the 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five AA-team as well as the 2008 All-WPIAL Class AA team. She averaged 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. Floyd came to Wash High after transferring from Mount De Chantal in Wheeling, W.Va. which closed in June and ceased basketball operations in 2007.

Floyd was a teammate of current Dukes forward Alex Gensler on the Western Pa. Bruins, one of the top AAU clubs in the state.

Floyd selected Duquesne over Dayton and Minnesota.

Ahjah Hall, a 5-9 guard for Eleanor Roosevelt High School, winners of four consecutive Maryland 4A state championships, averages 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game. The Raiders are the only team to four-peat as state champions in the 4A classification in Maryland girl's basketball history. The two-time defensive captain won the Hustle Award in 2007 and was named Outstanding Defensive Player in 2008 for the Raiders.

She also plays basketball for Team Excel, one of the top AAU squads in Maryland.

Hall selected Duquesne over Bucknell, Boston University, and Virginia Commonwealth.

The 6-foot-1 Carly Vendemia averaged 16.7 points and 12.6 rebounds last season while becoming a member of the Beaver High School 1,000 point club and was named to the WPIAL Class AA Section 6 First Team. She guided Beaver to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs the past two seasons with the Bobcats reaching the WPIAL AA semifinals in 2007 and advancing to the PIAA playoffs. She is a two-time Beaver Valley Times Section 6-AA First Team selection. Vendemia was also named to the 2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five AA-team after averaging 14.4 points per game as a sophomore and 2008 Fabulous Five West as a junior.

Vendemia was a teammate of current Dukes guard Jaclyn Babe on the WP Crusaders - one of the premier AAU basketball teams consisting of elite players from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia - to the 2007 Boo Williams Spring Invitational championship in Hampton, Va. as well as the 2007 USJN championship.

Vendemia chose Duquesne over Niagara and William & Mary.

"We are very excited about what each player will bring to our team, both on and off the court," said McConnell-Serio.