KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force announced the addition of four women's basketball players to the program.
Center Kassondra Brown, forward Brazil Harvey-Carr, center Xianna Josephs and guard Taniyah Thompson have all signed National Letters of Intent with Rhode Island to further their academic and athletic careers.
"I could not be more proud or excited about this group of young women," said head coach Daynia La-Force. "Right now, working into the first year with all our own recruits, we were able to be very specific about the skill sets, positions, and people we wanted to target in 2019."
La-Force and the coaching staff extended their recruiting trails throughout the east coast. Brown hails from Philadelphia, Pa. while Harvey-Carr is from Camden, N.J. Josephs grew up in Ontario, Canada but is completing her post grad year at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Conn. and Thompson is a Hamden, Conn. product.
"This group exceeds even my own high expectations," added La-Force. "Together, we are going to build on this year and accomplish so much throughout their careers. I believe this is a special class that is going to sustain success at Rhody."
Philadelphia, Pa. | Abington High
Brown brings a great mix of strength and athleticism to the center position. The Philadelphia, PA. native switched AAU programs this summer to play for the Philly Triple Threat.
Head Coach Daynia La-Force on Brown
"We have had a strong connection with Kassondra for years and she remained a top post target throughout the process. She is just scratching the surface of her immense potential and I am so glad it will be coming to fruition here in Kingston. She is tough and agile around the rim and is already developing a complete player skill set that we will use to devastating effects."
Forward | 6-0
Camden, N.J. | Leap Academy
Leap Academy's all-time leading scorer, Harvey-Carr is a powerful lefty face-up forward that drives with strength and athleticism. She has guard skills in a forward's position. She fits the talent level of fellow commit Taniyah Thompson, and is a key addition to the program. The Camden, N.J. native travels to New York City to play with national powerhouse AAU program the NYC Gauchos.
Harvey-Carr previously spent time with the New Jersey Tarheels and Peak Skills AAU programs. A captain all four years at Leap Academy, she hit 1,000 career points her sophomore year. She won the Female Athlete of the Year in back-to-back years (2017, 2018). Her sister, Brandi, plays overseas in Turkey. She also spent time playing in Poland.
Head Coach Daynia La-Force on Harvey-Carr
"Brazil is lefty scorer inside and outside. Her versatility in our system will be key to her success. She truly faces up to score just as well as she battles from the high post and in and that is a rare combination that our Rhody fans are going to love."
Center | 6-1
Brampton, Ontario, Canada | Putnam Science Academy
From Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Josephs is a strong, extremely athletic center that rebounds and runs the floor. Named Biostell All-Canadian in 2018, she is very effective in the pressing game and is physical in the halfcourt. Josephs considered Dartmouth, Bryant, Monmouth and Hartford before deciding on Rhode Island. A member of the Brampton Warriors, Toronto Matrix, A-Game, and Team Ontario AAU Teams, Josephs was named to the Rose Classic Second Team All-Tournament in 2018. She earned a Silver Medal at the Canada Games in 2017 and was named to the Juel All-Defensive Team and named Juel All-Star in 2016. Josephs also led Team Ontario to its National Championship title in 2015.
Josephs attended St. Edmund Campion in Canada for two years before attending TRC Academy where she was a member of the Honor Roll. She is currently completing her post graduate year at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Conn.
Head Coach Daynia La-Force on Josephs
"Xianna is a rare combination of strength, athleticism, and talent. We have been looking for a player exactly like Xianna to play on our interior - she is as agile and fast as she is strong and tenacious. She is the perfect fit to maximize our pressing system without giving up any rebounding or toughness on the inside."
The Hamden, Conn. product Thompson recognized she could have an elite student-athlete experience and help turn around a major program without having to venture far from home. Another key factor in her decision on Rhody was that she would be playing with another Top 50 player in the backcourt in Davida Dale.
Thompson is a pure scorer and has go-to player potential. She had a successful summer on the AAU circuit and embraced leading a new and smaller AAU program to high level success. Being a contributor to turning around a program appeals to her.
Head Coach Daynia La-Force on Thompson
"Taniyah is the guard we targeted and prioritized after the evaluation periods. She can score in all three phases with a skill set and basketball IQ that is mature beyond her years. She is a perfect fit for our system and the A-10."