On Wednesday afternoon after all five letters of intent were safely in the basketball office, Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb talked about each of the future Commodores who will arrive on campus next summer.
1. Paris Kea, 5-8 point guard from Greensboro, North Carolina.
Coach Balcomb on Kea: What stands out about Paris is that she's a true point guard. Paris to me is one of the best passers I've seen in a long time and that's because of her quickness and her speed but her ability to see the floor just stood out to me right away. She can penetrate, she can go by her defender at will, but she also has to be guarded. She can shoot the 3, can pull, but like I said, she can distribute the ball like nobody's business. Her basketball IQ and seeing things and reading things was just amazing to me, especially when I got to see her in AAU this summer. She just tore it up. She made plays that you would think as a freshman coming in I would have to sit down and watch a lot of film and show her those things. I think she's really far ahead when it comes to that, very very advanced.
2. Christa Reed, 5-11 guard from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Coach Balcomb on Reed: Christa was a scorer, but I think a shooter first. She can fill it up, she can score a lot of points; she is the best shooter, we thought, all summer, consistently from 3-point but as well can put the ball on floor. She can get to the rim, she can shoot off the dribble, she can rebound and make assists. I find Christa to be an all-around player that I also look to to be a very good defender. She has good size and good length and good anticipation skills on the defensive end. . . We needed a shooter that can do other things, and that would be Christa.
3. Rachel Bell, 5-10 guard from Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee.
Coach Balcomb on Bell: Next I'd like to talk about Rachel Bell, being our local player and just how exciting it is to bring in a player from Tennessee that's 45 minutes up the the road, and I think she's going to be one of the best players in this class her senior year. And she is a scorer. Very different from Christa, really likes to go off the dribble, really can penetrate, has good size and excellent athleticism. . . . Rachel can take over a game offensively and can make plays. She's a playmaker. She can score it, she can give it, and, again, very very athletic with good size.
4. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, 6-3 forward from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
5. Khaleann Caron-Goudreau, 6-3 forward from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Coach Balcomb on the Caron-Goudreau twins: We have not gone overseas before, but we're going out of the country to get two great players that we felt were just the perfect fit for our program and what we do. They are skilled. They are both very athletic in that they're so aggressive that they can do so many things inside and out. Again, both players are a little different from each other. Audrey and Kahale both can play inside and out, but one prefers to play a little more inside than the other. But their versatility, along with their basketball IQ, really set them apart and made them very unique in this class. I just felt like they were a "must" for our program and what we do.
For further information on the signees, including quotes from the future Dores as well as a compilation of the many awards and honors they've earned during their prep careers, see complete information on vucommodores.com.