La-Force Adds Three Recruits to 2016-17 Class

La-Force Adds Three Recruits to 2016-17 Class

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force announced the addition of three women's basketball players to the program Monday.

The Rams will be adding freshman guard Amber Wilson, freshman forward Meghan Oberg and sophomore transfer Elemy Colome. Colome is coming in from James Madison and will have at least three seasons of eligibility after sitting out the 2016-17 season.

Wilson, Oberg and Colome will join centers Nicole Jorgensen and Gabrielle Green as well as guard Ednaija "Nay" Lassiter as part of a large incoming recruiting class as the Rams enter their third season under La-Force.

"We are excited and proud to be adding these three young ladies to our URI athletics family," La-Force said. "They are the perfect match for both our early signees in this class as well as our returning core. We have now added six newcomers for next season and our fans are going to love watching how each of these additions will help us win an Atlantic 10 championship in their career."

A multi-dimensional offensive threat, the 6-3 Oberg can shoot from the perimeter, slash to the basket and post up. She scored in bunches at Islip, but also showed strong passing skills that will cause matchup issues for opposing defenders.

Last season, she led Islip to league and county championships, as well as the New York state quarterfinals. In 2014, her team won a N.Y. City basketball championship, a national prep school championship and a KSA tournament championship. Oberg was the 2014 N.Y. City basketball tournament MVP.

The youngest of seven children, Oberg comes from an extremely athletic family. Her mother Kathy played professional basketball in Sweden after her collegiate career at Alabama. Her father Ted played professionally in Mexico after his own collegiate career at National University. Oberg's sisters Shannon (UNLV) and Kaitlin (Baylor, Furman) played professionally in Germany and Puerto Rico, respectively. Her brother Andrew played football at UNLV, and her brother Tighe played basketball at Palm Beach State and Clarenden College.

"Meghan is the perfect fit to compliment our core returners and dribble drive system," La-Force said. "Offensively at 6'3, she is so skilled and will hurt opponents by shooting the 3, grinding to the basket, or crashing the glass.  She is also a tremendous passer that will make our offense much more effective.  Defensively, she will give us much needed rebounding help while defending inside or out."

Colome and Wilson played together at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. A 5-7 guard, Colome is a Lawrence, Mass. native who averaged 19 points a game as a senior for Proctor Academy. A team captain as a junior and senior, she scored more the 1,100 career points . She spent the 2015-16 season at NCAA tournament participant James Madison.

In addition to playing at Proctor Academy, Colome played for former Rhode Island men's star Scott Hazelton for the Mass Rivals AAU club team. She was part of the United States Junior National Nike All-Star team.

"Elemy is a dynamic combo guard that can score in multiple ways as well as effectively initiate our dribble drive offense," La-Force said. "She will flourish both offensively and defensively in our up-tempo and pressing systems. We have loved watching her for a long time and are excited to be giving her a home here at Rhody."

Nicknamed Breezy, Wilson helped lead Proctor Academy to a Class C Nepsac title last season. Ranked as the 56th best recruit at her position by ESPNW, Wilson is described as a fundamentally strong wing prospect with agility on the perimeter who can finish in an up-tempo game. She also is active on the glass.

"At 6-0, Amber is a long, extremely athletic guard," La-Force said. "Amber can hurt you with her 3-point shooting, as well as the drive. A polished offensive player, she will help our lead guards handle while being a constant scoring threat on the wing. Amber's length and defensive anticipation fits perfectly with our zone and pressing style."

The incoming players will all have a chance to contribute immediately. Rhode Island returns two starters – Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference selection junior Charise Wilson and junior guard Dominique Ward, the team's Defensive MVP last season. Also back will be sophomores Jalissa Ross, Amari Johnson, Dina Motrechuk and Laura Perez, junior Tyler Raysor and senior Dempsey Cooper.