Although the University of Rhode Island women’s basketball season has not officially started, freshman Charise Wilson is already creating a buzz.
The 5-foot-5 point guard from West Babylon, New York, was a big score for the revamped women’s program. Along with the new head coach, Daynia La-Force, Wilson is among three freshmen added to the roster.
“I’m really excited to be a part of this team,” Wilson said. “I’m here to contribute all my abilities as a point guard, shooting, ball-handling, and moving the ball around on offense.”
As a standout from St. Anthony’s High School, Wilson was nationally ranked as a top-60 point guard by “Girls Collegiate Basketball Report.” Wilson led the Catholic High School Athletic Association in scoring with 17.1 points per game and was named the league’s MVP as a senior for St. Anthony’s.
In high school, Wilson averaged 3.8 assists per game, helping her earn “Newsday” All-Long Island First-Team honors while leading St. Anthony’s to its first state CHSAA Class AA championship as a senior.
“Charise is already showing great leadership qualities at point guard,” Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force. “She is working really hard on her game, getting to the basket, moving the ball and shooting three’s really well.”
The Rams finished 7-23 last season under former head coach Cathy Inglese, and said goodbye to only two seniors. With a new coaching staff and the addition of Wilson and fellow freshmen Dominique Ward and Tyler Raysor, the promise for a Ram turnaround is looking better.
“I am really looking forward to playing under our new coach,” Wilson said. “Both the team and coach La-Force have a lot of good energy, and we are ready to see what we can do when the season begins. I’m here to attribute my energy, speed and enthusiasm.”
The season is set to begin November 14 against Marshall University at home. Wilson as well as coach La-Force expressed that the entire team is looking forward to competing this season.
“We have been working very hard, especially on a new offense and the team is putting in maximum effort,” La-Force said. “They are learning fast and that will show in their execution come the start of the season.”