VCU INKS SIX STUDENT-ATHLETES FOR CLASS OF 2017

RICHMOND, Va. - Six student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA's early signing period, VCU head coach Beth O'Boyle announced Thursday.

Sydnei Archie (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's), Madison Hattix-Covington (Killeen, Texas/Ellison), Chloe Molloy (Australia/Assumption College), Tera Reed (New Zealand/Life Center Academy (N.J.), Taya Robinson (Richmond, Va./Huguenot) and Del Sparks (Bronx, N.Y./Monsignor Scanlan) have all signed a NLI with VCU. 

"This 2017 class is pivotal as we will replace six graduating senior guards. We place a high value on our culture of talented and dedicated student-athletes who excel in the classroom and are driven to succeed on the court, fueled by a passion and dedication to the game. We're excited to add players from Australia, New York, New Zealand and Texas but also to be able to sign players from the Richmond area. It was a key element for us to be the best option for the talented players who want to play in front of their family and friends and be a part of the VCU basketball tradition," O'Boyle said. 

The class is ranked No. 21 by Blue Star Report and the No. 1 class in the A-10. In addition, Covington, Reed and Robinson are all listed as being in the top 40 nationally at their respective positions by ESPN.com.


Sydnei Archie (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's)

Archie was named First Team All-State, All-Metro Second Team and First Team All-Conference in 2015-16. She was also named the MVP of the St. Steven's St. Agnes Tournament 2016. She averaged 16.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Her father also played basketball at VCU and was the team's second-leading scorer in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Coach O'Boyle on Sydnei:

"One of the toughest competitors I have watched play. She has worked extremely hard to overcome her injuries and get back on the court. She battles hard on the inside and can score from all over the court. Her ability to draw the defender out and go off the bounce or get to the paint and use her strength are all great fits in our offense. Our pace can't go without the ability to rebound and she is a talented rebounder who has the knack for making the big play. Her father Torrance is a former VCU men's basketball player and her mom is a former VCU cheerleader. We are excited to have the next generation stay within the VCU hoop family."

 
Madison Hattix-Covington (Killeen, Texas/Ellison)

Madison is ranked the No. 37 player in the country at her position by ESPN.com. She has been named to the District 12-6A First Team All-District every year of high school. Hattix-Covington earned Coaches' 6A All-Region II First Team honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. She averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 4.0 blocks per game in 2015-16.

 

Coach O'Boyle on Madison:

"She's a proven winner with an extremely high level of athleticism and skill. She is a player who fills the stat columns with steals, points and rebounds. Her ability to rebound the ball and lead the break will be a great fit in our up-tempo style. Madison gets after it on the defensive end and can really disrupt her opponents' ability to see the floor. Madison is also a natural leader with an incredible work ethic and I can't wait for the opportunity to coach her."

 

 
Chloe Molloy (Australia/Assumption College)

Molloy averaged 7.43 points and 2.29 rebounds per contest as part of the 2017 Australian Basketball 20's Championships as she led her team to a gold medal. Molloy also earned the 2015/2016 Coaches' Award for Melbourne Boomers (WNBL). She was a member of the 2017 Australian Gem's Squad. Molloy was also named the MVP during 2015 season of the Eltham Wildcats U18 team. Molloy was also given the 2017 Community Leadership Award and was a 2017 College House Leader. 

Coach O'Boyle on Chloe:

"Chloe is a very talented combo guard who can shoot from the outside and does a great job of creating shots for her teammates. She is a tenacious on the ball defender who can play in our high-intensity defense and can really push the ball in transition. Coming from Australia, she brings a ton of international game experience and will be a great addition to our program."

 
Taya Robinson (Richmond, Va./Huguenot) 

Robinson averaged 30.0 points per game to go along with 4.2 assists and 10 rebounds as she was named to the VHSL 4A All-State Second Team. She was also named to the 4A East All-Region Squad and First Team All-Conference 20 in 2015-16. She's also been named a RTD Scholar Athlete of the Month and a RPS Scholar Athlete numerous times. In 2014-15 she was named the Conference 26 Player of the Year, a 3A East All-Region Player of the Year and First Team 3A All-State. 

Coach O'Boyle on Taya:

"Taya is a very talented player who is a true leader on the court. You want the ball in her hands at the end of the game. She has a high basketball IQ and has great court vision. She truly has the ability to make her teammates better. Taya has played AAU at the highest level for Boo Williams and traveled the world competing against the best. She can hit the 3-pointer, lead the break and score it at the rim."

Tera Reed (New Zealand/Life Center Academy (N.J.))

Reed played the 2015-16 season for Life Center Academy where she averaged 16.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while serving as team captain. She also played for New Zealand National Age Group teams. In 2012, she played for the U16 team at Australian State Champs. In 2013, she played for the U17 team in the FIBA U17 Oceania World Qualifiers and is co-captain of 2016 U18 team who will compete in the FIBA Oceania U18 Qualifiers in Fiji in Dec 2016.

 

Coach O'Boyle on Tera:

"Tera is a very athletic player who can score in a variety of ways. She can hit the deep 3-pointer, takes it off the bounce and can score in the paint. Guarding a skilled 6-foot-1 wing with those types of skills is a very tough cover. In our pressing system, she can really create problems for opponents with her length and athleticism."

 

 
Del Sparks (Bronx, N.Y./Monsignor Scanlan)

Del hails from Bronx, N.Y. where she was the Bronx Westchester Player of the Year. She was named her team's MVP for the 2015-16 season and was All-City First Team. Her sophomore season, she was named All-City Second Team and her freshman season she was named All-City Honorable Mention.

 

Coach O'Boyle on Del:

"She is savy combo guard who brings her flashy ball handling and ability to score with her to Richmond from New York City. She has a great touch around the hoop, finishes tough plays through multiple defenders and is a deadly outside shooter. Del plays with a ton of creativity and passion for the game. She plays really well in an uptempo style and is truly a ton of fun to watch play, our fans will love her!"

 

 
 
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