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Username Post: WBB 24 Recruiting        (Topic#27227)
JDP 
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04-10-23 12:08 AM - Post#355692    

Columbia picks up it's first 2024 recruit, 5-9 shooting guard Nasiha (Nasi) Amani Simmons from Noble & Greenough School - Dedham, MA

Offered by Harvard, BU, Fairfield, UMass Lowell. Fordhan, Monmouth

https://twitter.com/NasiSimmons4/status/1 644749692...

 
Chet Forte 
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04-10-23 04:41 PM - Post#355696    
    In response to JDP

Tell me when we win a head to head recruiting battle against Princeton. In the meantime all quiet on the MBB front I assume. and unlike football or baseball no coach’s letter to the alumni base explaining the season.


 
Columbia 37P6 
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04-10-23 07:56 PM - Post#355697    
    In response to Chet Forte

Nasi Simmons '24, looks like a terrific prospect and at least the second outstanding women's basketball player to choose Columbia over Harvard in the last few months. I wonder if Coach Griffith has already completed her '23 class, which is known to include some very promising players. Do we know if Kitty Henderson's younger sister will be wearing Columbia Blue next year. Finally, are you really surprised that the MBB coach failed to send a letter to the alumni base explaining the season? What is there for him to explain about Columbia's third consecutive worst in category performance. And, don't forget that Pilling has already paid the MBB Coach millions

 
cc66 
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04-10-23 08:42 PM - Post#355698    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Yes, Fliess (sp?) Henderson will be attending next year. Both she and Griffith have announced it.

I can't find anything on line about Nasiha Simmons, but it certainly looks as if she can shoot. Since several other schools were also in pursuit, I'm sure she'll be a valuable addition to the lineup.

Lastly, Davis was going to go to Princeton, but decided to follow Griffith to Columbia. Doesn't that count as a Columbia over Princeton decision?

 
PeteD 
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04-10-23 08:48 PM - Post#355699    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

One thing I’ve noticed about Griffith… she likes to recruit players in that 5’-9” to 6’-1” range. Kitty Henderson at 5’-10” was the shortest starter on the team this year and she averaged 7 boards in the post-season.

On a related note, I’m curious if Griffith will bring someone in from the transfer portal. She missed out on Mackenzie Forbes a couple years ago.

And where will KD land? I hope she ends up on a Top 20 team.

 
PeteD 
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04-10-23 08:52 PM - Post#355700    
    In response to cc66

  • cc66 Said:
Lastly, Davis was going to go to Princeton, but decided to follow Griffith to Columbia. Doesn't that count as a Columbia over Princeton decision?


I didn’t know Davis turned down Princeton.

I believe Abbey Hsu’s final three came down to Columbia, Princeton and Tulane.

 
PeteD 
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04-10-23 08:54 PM - Post#355701    
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  • Columbia 37P6 Said:
Nasi Simmons '24, looks like a terrific prospect and at least the second outstanding women's basketball player to choose Columbia over Harvard in the last few months.


Who was the other?


 
internetter 
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04-11-23 01:23 AM - Post#355703    
    In response to PeteD

Columbia Announces Participation in 2023 Baha Mar Hoops Championship
west coast fan


 
Columbia 37P6 
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04-11-23 11:02 PM - Post#355724    
    In response to internetter

Pete, the other incoming commit who chose Columbia over Harvard et al is Riley Weiss, the Florida 4A Player of the year, and an outstanding outside shooter like Abbey Hsu.

 
PeteD 
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04-12-23 05:54 PM - Post#355731    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Gotchya, I didn’t realize she was so highly recruited. Per her Twitter account, she also had offers from Princeton, Penn, Brown, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Pepperdine, Seton Hall, St John’s, and a handful of other northeast schools. Wow.

 
cc66 
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04-12-23 07:00 PM - Post#355733    
    In response to PeteD

It's not unreasonable to think she might be Abby Hsu redux.

 
Columbia 37P6 
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04-12-23 10:46 PM - Post#355734    
    In response to cc66

Emily Montes is an excellent player who, I believe, committed to Columbia very early in her high school career. Columbia is likely to have another fantastic basketball season next year with Abby and Kitty as the team leaders. However, the competition in the Ivy League will be fierce.

 
cc66 
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04-13-23 09:30 AM - Post#355735    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

Riley Weiss will be in there, as a second offensive option to take the pressure off Hsu.

Our biggest dropoff will be at center, where we will miss Davis' offense.

 
CM 
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04-13-23 10:14 AM - Post#355740    
    In response to cc66

I think one of Griffith's greatest achievements was unlocking a system in which a traditional center was rendered useless. She saw that the successful teams in the league are all playing small and leaned into having 5 players who could all shoot the three and score facing the basket. Davis was gifted athletically so she could play against bigger girls, especially on defense, but I'd look to Columbia to keep bringing in long, athletic players who play super hard and can score from anywhere. It's a very entertaining brand of basketball.

 
Chet Forte 
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04-13-23 11:39 AM - Post#355741    
    In response to CM

I had two issues with the lineup this year: i thought that Sienna Durr should have either started or gotten more minutes off the bench as the 6th person, and I also thought that Carly Rivera was overused even though she was a great teammate and a fantastic passer. Otherwise Griffith did a fantastic job.


 
JDP 
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04-13-23 11:53 AM - Post#355742    
    In response to cc66

I certainly believe Columbia will be in the mix for Ivy Madness next season … but replacing seven seniors, especially program altering seniors, is always hard … in all the ways that don’t show up in box score … some we see as fans (are they in the right place / doing the right things on offense – defense) … most we do not see – who is driving practice intensity, weight room workouts, pickup games. Maintaining success is in some ways harder than achieving success ... to the incoming freshman the 8-19 & 4-10 of the 18-19 season is ancient history as a core class on the Roman Empire.

In the way way too early thoughts on next season … I see four tiers:

Harvard & Princeton
Columbia & Penn
Brown & Yale
Cornell & Dartmouth

And any portal transfer is likely to reshape the list

In recruiting, Princeton is the hardest (not sure any Ivy can really compete) – the Tigers have the best financial aid package (could be 10k better vs non HY) … so they are the cheapest Ivy to attend … and they have a decade plus winning tradition … hard to beat out for a kid that they really want.

Harvard and Yale have the financial aid money to compete with Princeton, they just don’t have the NCAA tournament success to displace Princeton – and Penn and Columbia do have the success to represent top 100 programs vs Harvard & Yale. Harvard, if they can build on their NIT run, is in the best position to recruit against Princeton.

This is why Columbia’s NIL program could be a game changer – or if the Ivy League lawsuit results in basketball scholarships – then scholar-athletes will not be choosing Ivy schools based on financial considerations - and the pool of eligible scholar-athletes that consider Ivy will also be larger.


 
CM 
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04-13-23 01:01 PM - Post#355744    
    In response to JDP

I think Brown is going to surprise a lot of people next year and the year after, they played a group of all freshmen and sophomores and got better as the year went on. Grace Arnolie look like a first team all Ivy talent, for sure.Yale returns all its starters, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you view this season.

And think about this as NIL relates to the Ivy League (and this is all theoretical at this point): any NIL money an Ivy player gets counts as income and essentially will get figured into their financial aid package calculations. So, a nice fat NIL payday would go straight into their school's tuition (assuming they're getting aid to begin with).

 
Columbia 37P6 
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04-13-23 02:23 PM - Post#355747    
    In response to CM


Competition will be fierce in the Ivy League next season for the women's basketball championship, but it much too early to predict who is going to be the top one or two tiers. If the Ivy League sports people were smart, they could enter into a lucrative tv contract for women's basketball. It might be interesting to note that the Columbia Women"s Program is at its highest point in its history, whereas the Columbia Men's Program is at its nadir. If we are talking about tiers for next year, then where is the men's program likely to be placed? Is there a fifth tier?





 
JDP 
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09-19-23 09:46 PM - Post#358017    
    In response to Columbia 37P6

2nd Recruit in the Class - María Arrebola Sánchez - another talented international player

Basketball player at @cbalmeria
| 6'1'' | Guard | Class of 2024 | ????Spanish U16 championship | U17 Spanish National Team ????????

https://x.com/EliteSportsESP/status /17027488295257...

 
Columbia 37P6 
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09-20-23 09:44 AM - Post#358021    
    In response to JDP

Maria Sanchez and Nasi Simmons are outstanding youg basketball players who will fit right into Coach Megan Griffith's high velocity system. Coach Griffith is everything you want in a college coach and then some.

 
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