Wiktorowski Adds Pair Of Six-Footers To Lineup
GOSHEN, Ind. - One thing you simply cannot teach in basketball is size. While Goshen College Head Women's Basketball Coach Steve Wiktorowski does have work ahead of him in the post, he announced two signings this week that will dramatically bolster his team's size with the additions of Jessica Harrison (6') and Olivia Klein (6'6").
"One thing we wanted to do with recruiting was bring in some young post players we could begin to develop," Wiktorowski explained. "We were able to bring in two players with a lot of potential in Jessica and Olivia. Both have the ability and time to develop offensively as we already have two veteran post players who can score points."
Jessica Harrison - Post
Fort Wayne Snyder HS (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
"Jessica is very intelligent on and off the floor, has a good feel for the game and can especially help with her defense and rebounding early in her career," said Wiktorowski. "I think she is a bit of a sleeper and can develop into a good post player in this league.
A six-footer for Fort Wayne Snyder, Harrison was invited to the tryouts for the Nancy Rehm All-Star Game, which featured the top players in Northeast Indiana.
"She has soft hands, good awareness in the lane, and there aren't many post players around who can't out-muscle her inside," Wiktorowski added. "She is very aggressive in going after rebounds and has the ability to block shots, something we really wanted to add to this team."
"I chose Goshen College because I liked the small student-teacher ratio which will really help me academically," said Harrison, who will major in pre-med with the eventual goal of becoming an optometrist. "I was also very impressed with the friendly people and atmosphere both on campus and on the basketball team."
Harrison comes highly-recommended from high school coach Ryan Gould who says, "Jessica had our highest basketball IQ and understands the game very well. She will pick up Goshen's system quickly and will benefit greatly from Coach Wik's coaching style and personality. I look forward to seeing Jessica develop and play over the next four years."
Olivia Klein - Post
Pioneer HS (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
"Olivia is an absolutely great kid who I believe will get better in a hurry," Wiktorowski said. "Her rebounding and defense are both ahead of her offensive skills and conditioning right now, but with work she has the chance to really help us down the road."
Despite opting to not play as a senior, the 6-foot, 6-inch post has drawn interest from several NCAA DI programs throughout Michigan for her skills and AAU playing experience.
"She has decent strength for her size and age and can get up and down the floor fairly well," Wiktorowski added. "We have not had a real shot blocker or interior defensive presence here for awhile and I think Olivia has the potential to give that to us the next four years."
"The biggest reasons I chose Goshen College are because of its outstanding music program and the closeness of the girls on the team," Klein, a budding violinist, said. "I looked at a lot of bigger schools and felt this was the best fit for me musically and athletically. I really enjoyed my visit and I really look forward to the next four years both on the stage and the court."