Rhode Island head coach Tammi Reiss announced the addition of Haby Niang and Veronika Vorackova to the women's basketball roster. Niang, a native of France, will be a true freshman for the 2019-20 season. Vorackova, a transfer from Syracuse, will sit the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"I am so excited to have Haby Niang join our Ram family," Reiss said. "She is an athletic, strong, skilled post that can score in the paint in a variety of ways. She will add a level of toughness, athleticism, and high energy to our post position. Her growth potential is unlimited. Haby possesses every intangible quality I am looking for in a student-athlete."
Niang comes to Rhode Island from France, where she has represented her home country in both the FIBA U16 and U20 European Champoionships. The 6' 3" center is a very physical player that brings a hard presence to the low post.
"I am so thrilled to welcome Veronika Vorackova to URI and our family," Reiss added. "I had the privilege of coaching her at Syracuse for a year and watched her skill development just flourish. She is a long, versatile, skilled guard that can play multiple positions and score in a variety of ways. What I love most about Veronika is her basketball IQ. She really understands the game and she has the ability to be a coach on the floor."
Vorackova, a 5' 9" shooting guard, brings an addition of international experience to the Rams. One of the top players in the FIBA U20 last year, the Czech Republic native has played on all levels of the Euro league. She led her home country to its first Gold at the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship where she shot 47.6 percent from the floor and an impressive 47.1 percent from 3-point range. She was named the MVP of the 2018 U20 FIBA Women's European Championship (B Division) and averaged 11.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in seven games.