FAIRMONT—The Fairmont State University women’s basketball team recently announced the addition of five recruits that will join the already-talented roster for the 2020-21 season.
The group includes players from three different states, and head coach Stephanie Anderson focused on recruiting both the guard and forward positions and was able to gain commitments from the following standouts (in alphabetical order by last name):
Taylor Buonamici (5-7, Guard, Worthington, WV/North Marion High School)
In her career at North Marion High School, Buonamici scored over 1,300 career points and led the Huskies to the 2018 AA State Championship. She was a four-time all-state selection and as a senior this past season, Buonamici averaged over 18 points per game while earning Big 10 Conference Player of the Year honors.
FSU Head Coach Stephanie Anderson: “Taylor is a highly-skilled player who loves the game. She has a knack for scoring and is passionate about what she does. We also can’t wait to get Taylor and her work ethic on campus.”
Alyssa DeAngelo (5-10, Guard, Jefferson Hills, PA/Thomas Jefferson)
DeAngelo was a standout guard at Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, PA, and as a senior, led the Jaguars to a WPIAL runner-up finish and top-four ranking in the state. She was a two-time 2nd Team All-State selection.
FSU Head Coach Stephanie Anderson: “Alyssa is a long, skilled player at 5-10. She brings versatility with the ability to step out and knock down shots, but also get to the rim. That’s what makes her so dangerous on the offensive end. Alyssa is also a great rebounder and has a very high basketball IQ. We are very excited to see her progress in the maroon and white.”
Jalen Gibbs (6-0, Forward, Wellington, OH/Wellington)
Gibbs was a three-time 1st Team All-Ohio, All-Conference, All-County, and All-District honoree for Wellington High School in Ohio. She finished her career as the all-time school leader in scoring (1,295), rebounding (867), field goals (500), free throws made (235), and blocks (212). She also holds the singlegame school record for rebounds (23) and free throws made (12). Gibbs was a two-time Conference Player of the Year award winner, and during her four seasons playing for the Dukes, she led the team to an overall record of 65-26 and conference and sectional championships.
FSU Head Coach Stephanie Anderson: “We are excited to bring Jalen in as a six-foot post that’s athletic and very skilled in the paint. She gives us a lot of versatility in the five position and will help with our rebounding margin tremendously. Jalen’s a great kid with a tremendous upside and potential to step in and help us immediately.”
Madeline Huffman (5-5, Guard, Parkersburg, WV/Parkersburg Catholic)
Huffman scored nearly 1,500 points during her career at Parkersburg Catholic. She earned 1st Team AllState Class A honors on three separate occasions and led the Crusaders to state tournament appearances the past three seasons. As a senior, her Parkersburg Catholic team was 26-0 before the state tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the state tournament the year prior,
Huffman made the All-Tournament Team while setting a Class A record with 15 assists in a single tournament game. She was also a three-time All-Little Kanawha Conference 1st-Team selection and was named the league’s Player of the Year in 2018-19. She totaled 1,495 points, 673 assists, and 367 steals in her career with the Crusaders.
FSU Head Coach Stephanie Anderson: “Madeline is a true point guard with fantastic leadership skills. She has a high motor and an intensity and passion for the game that we are excited to see on the floor for the next four years.”
Bre Wilson (5-10, Guard, Parkersburg, WV/Parkersburg)
Wilson was a three-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection for Parkersburg High School and joins FSU after finishing her high school career with 1,154 career points. Wilson averaged 12 points, four rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 3.3 steals per game in her career for the Big Reds. She also shot 38% from three, 77% from the free throw line, and finished her career in the Top 5 of career scoring at PHS. As a senior, she earned 1st Team All-state honors, while making the 2nd Team All-State squad as both a
sophomore and junior. In her prep career, she led Parkersburg to three MSAC Championships, four regional titles, and two Class AAA state championships.
FSU Head Coach Stephanie Anderson: “Bre is a long, athletic player. She brings a great element to our defense and comes from a winning program. Her winning and competitive mindset is something we are excited to bring to the program here at Fairmont State.”