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The Northerner

The Independent Student Newspaper of Northern Kentucky University.

The Northerner

The Independent Student Newspaper of Northern Kentucky University.

The Northerner

Recruits to aid Norse

The Northern Kentucky University basketball teams recently acquired some new recruits to help with their programs next season.

The NKU women’s basketball program announced the signing of 5’11” forward Sharell Snardon, who is a senior at Louisville Male High School. Snardon averaged 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for Louisville Male this past season and played on the Kentucky All-Star Team.

“Sharell is very athletic. She runs the floor very well. She is a big addition to our program,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “She’s a post player; she’ll take people to the basket.”

Winstel went on to say that they are very fortunate to sign Snardon, because she was recruited by a number of schools. “We recruited her hard all year. In the long run, it paid off for us. She wants to play for a winning program.”

The Norse will have two starting post positions open next season with the departure of Michelle Cottrell and Dana Schubeler. Snardon might be able to fill the void with one of the positions.

“She will contribute early in the post. We’ll also be getting Connie (Myers) back, and they will compete for those positions,” Winstel said.

The NKU women’s basketball program will probably sign at least one more recruit during the off-season, and hopefully they will be able to continue their string of winning seasons next year.

The NKU men’s basketball program also recently signed an outstanding recruit in 6’4″ forward Kevin Reinhardt, a senior at Campbell County High School. Reinhardt averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season and finished his career with over 1,800 points.

NKU men’s head coach Ken Shields said that the basketball program is always trying to bring in some of the best Northern Kentucky players to their team and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Reinhardt was no exception, because he is a very solid player. He even competed in the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star game a few weeks ago.

“Reinhardt is a very hard worker. He plays more on a perimeter and plays with his face to the basket. He can shoot the three and he plays deep and is strong,” Shields said.

Shields said that Reinhardt will probably play at the four position next season because of his height and overall strength. “He is predominantly a three, but he will stack up. He is a nice addition and he has had a fine career.”

The Norse also have a commitment from 6’6″ forward Brian Lewin, a senior from Covington Catholic High School. Lewin recently played on the 9th All-Region Team. “He is a very good player. We’re excited about that. He is strong, and he had an illustrious career. They are both fine prospects,” Shields said.

Kevin Schappell was the first recruit signed by the men’s program back in the fall. He averaged 20 points a game this past year at Loveland High School and is another solid basketball player.

Both NKU basketball teams have had success in recruiting in the past and it looks like it will stay that way for years to come. The Norse play in one of the top conferences in Division II, and their players help them compete among the best teams around.