The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team has added another local standout to its 2017 recruiting class. Jenoyce Laniyan (Bedford, NH), one of the NHIAA's top prospects has committed to the Hawks.
Laniyan will join fellow granite-stater Kaitlyn Petrocelli (Merrimack, NH) at St. A's in the fall. The pair committed just days apart. Laniyan is 6-foot-1 and Petrocelli is 6-foot-2, so clearly head coach Julie Plant is looking to add more size to the roster. This isn't surprising, as two of the three seniors on this year's squad are 6-foot-1.
"This was a complete coincidence" said Laniyan, about her and Petrocelli both committing to St. A's at the same time. "I have known Kaitlyn from our days with the New England Crusaders. I am excited and look forward to playing with her."
Laniyan played for Manchester Memorial as a freshman before transferring to Bedford. She has developed her game there, as well as by playing with the NE Crusaders on the AAU circuit. She decided that St. A's was the best fit compared to the other schools recruiting her.
"It started out with a lot of interest from Division I schools" Laniyan explained. "They all happened to be too far away. I did visit one of them."
Laniyan has good strength and is very athletic for a player her size. She is expanding the range on her jump shot and is improving her post moves and footwork. She is a solid rebounder, post defender and runs the floor well in transition.
"I chose St. A's because I like the campus" Laniyan continued. "The team is a great fit as far as what they were looking for in me as a player. It is so much as in your style of play will fit in our system. Playing close to home is a bit of a factor for my family. Personally the fit is the deciding factor. I was comfortable with the coaching staff and the team. It helped that I know some of the players."
Laniyan's Bedford team was the runners-up in NHIAA D-I last season, falling to Bishop Guertin in the final. She hopes to get the Bulldogs back to the finals this season and in her career with a state championship.
"We have been working hard this season" Laniyan concluded. "If we all stay focused and continue to play together as a team we can win it all."