NIC basketball players sign with four-year schools
Five North Idaho College athletes signed with four-year schools today.
Mac Hopson, a 6-foot, 2-inch freshman point guard from Portland, Ore., on the NIC men’s basketball team, signed a letter of intent with Washington State University today. Hopson was a key contributor to NIC’s 23-8 season this year and led the Cardinals to a co-championship in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. Hopson averaged 13.7 points and 3.8 assists per game and was named to the All-SWAC first team. He also shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and scored a season-high 29 points against Snow College. Hopson has a 3.0 grade point average.
“Mac definitely was an invaluable member of our team,” said NIC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jared Phay. “He ran our offense and was a real leader on the floor.”
Phay was especially excited to have an NIC player sign with a Pac-10 school.
“This means a lot to our program,” Phay said. “We haven’t had a player sign with a Pac-10 school since 1989 when Mario Jackson signed with Oregon State. The Pac-10 is the biggest conference on the West Coast and any time you can get a player into that conference it’s a real compliment to your program.”
Hopson was also considering and being recruiting by Utah State, the University of Denver, Illinois State and the University of Idaho.
“It’s been a big dream of mine to play in the Pac 10,” Hopson said. “I really liked the atmosphere at WSU and I’ve built a good relationship with their coaching staff.”
Hopson verbally committed to Idaho, but when Idaho Head Coach Leonard Perry left at the end of the season, Hopson decided to reconsider.
Four NIC women’s basketball players also signed with four-year schools.
“I am really proud of each of these players as well as the honors they’ve earned this year and what they’ve done for our program,” said NIC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Carlson. “Each player is a great fit with the teams they’ve joined and they will bring a lot to those programs.”
Sara Dennehy, a 5-foot, 11-inch wing from Redmond, Wash., signed today with the University of Idaho. During the 2005-2006 season, Dennehy led NIC to a Scenic West Athletic Conference championship, averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. She was a second team All-American, was named to the All-Region 18 first team and was named to the All-Tournament team following the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 18 tournament. In her freshman year, Dennehy averaged 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals per game and was named to the All-Region first team. She has a 3.6 grade point average and plans to major in business at the University of Idaho.
Stephanie Jones, a 5-foot, 5-inch guard from Gallup, N.M., also signed today with the University of Idaho. During the 2005-2006 season, Jones averaged 6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists per game and was named to the All-Region second team. In her freshman year, Jones averaged 5 points, 3 steals and 3 assists per game and was named All-Region honorable mention. She has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to major in psychology at the University of Idaho.
Emily Boscacci, a 5-foot, 7-inch guard from Bothell, Wash., signed with Portland State University. During the 2005-2006 season, Boscacci averaged 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists per game. In her freshman year, Boscacci played in the Big Sky Conference at Eastern Washington University. She has a 3.3 grade point average at NIC and has not decided what she will major in at Portland State.
Caitlin Courchaine, a 5-foot, 8-inch guard from Spokane Valley, Wash., signed with Carroll College in Helena, Mont. During the 2005-2006 season, Courchaine averaged 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals and 3.3 assists per game and was named to the NJCAA Region 18 All-Tournament team and All-Region second team. In her freshman year, she started every game and averaged 8 points per game. She has a 3.5 grade point average and is planning to major in education at Carroll College. For More Information
NIC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jared Phay, (208) 769-5975, or NIC Head Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, (208) 769-3347Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006