Lady Lions Add Class Of 2022 Recruit, George Washington Transfer
Head coach Carolyn Kieger added two new faces to the Penn State women’s basketball program this weekend when Ali Brigham and Paulina Paris both announced they’ll join the Nittany Lions.
Brigham will come to Happy Valley next fall after one year at George Washington. A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, the 6’4″ center averaged around 23 minutes per game this season. Brigham led the team with 11.9 points per game during its 9-14 season.
“I would like to thank GW and the coaches who have recruited me,” Brigham said Saturday via Twitter. “With that being said, I’m super excited to announce my commitment to Penn State. I can’t wait to start this next chapter in Happy Valley!”
Brigham will likely compete with Johnasia Cash and Anna Camden for playing time down low.
Joining Brigham as the other new addition is Class of 2022 recruit Paulina Paris. The 5’7″ high school junior is currently attending Saddle River Day School in New Jersey. She is the No. 41 recruit in her class nationally, according to ESPN, good enough to be tabbed as a four-star recruit.
“First off I’d like to thank my papi for introducing me to the game of basketball and for helping me throughout this journey,” Paris said via Twitter. “I wouldn’t be the basketball player I am to this day without you, I would also like to thank my mother for the huge amount of support and love she has shown me throughout my journey.”
Paris won’t join the program until fall 2022, but she will be eagerly anticipated by fans. The guard is a little undersized but is ranked as the No. 10 guard in the nation among her class.
Paris is the first member of Penn State women’s basketball’s recruiting Class of 2022. Brigham, meanwhile, will join current high school senior Kayla Thomas and Swiss National Team member Ymke Brouwer as the new additions joining the program next fall.
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