Which players will be the next Rutgers women’s college basketball players?
Rutgers women�s basketball will get a major boost on Monday when it is announced that forward Carlee Ann Harris will be named the first woman to play for the Scarlet Knights.
The announcement is made after the Scarlet Crusaders’ season ended on Friday, a night the Scarlet squad had been playing on the road for the first time in two years.
The move is an important one for Harris, who has yet to play a game since October.
Harris, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward, led Rutgers with 10.5 points per game as a sophomore and was the school�s second-leading scorer last season with 18.7.
She was also named a first-team All-American by USA Today, the AP and USA Today/Northeast Conference coaches.
Harris played in all 50 games last season.
After the Scarletmen went 8-16 in 2013-14, Harris said the school wanted to honor the men who helped Rutgers win its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2008.
The Scarlet Knights have won a pair of NCAA Tournament games, winning the championship in 2011 and 2013, and Harris said her goal for this season was to be a champion.
“I want to be that champion for Rutgers University and Rutgers University community,” she said.
“I want this to be my one and only goal as a player and I am going to put in the work and effort to do that.”
Rutgers women�anthroathlete, Carlee Harris, was named the team�s first women�tournament participant in 2018.
(Photo: Jessica Kourkounis, USA TODAY Sports)The team will also be led by three-year head coach David DeBusschere, who previously served as a coach at the University of Miami.
Harris is a native of Washington, D.C., and played collegiately at the United States Naval Academy and Duke University.
She played for the USNTDP in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, winning bronze and becoming the first American woman to win the gold medal in men�s soccer.
In addition to Harris, the Scarlet Bulls have two other members of the women�athlete squad who played for Rutgers prior to Harris’ playing career.
Freshman forward Amber Lacy played for two seasons with the Scarlet Women.
Lacy, a 5-foot, 10-inch forward from Woodbridge, Va., played four seasons at Rutgers, averaging 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
She was named a second-team all-conference player last season and the first Rutgers player in more than two decades to be named a First Team All-America.
DeBusscahere has led Rutgers to a 19-16 record this season and will be making his first visit to New Jersey for the game against the Bobcats.
Rutimens coach Steve Lavin is the only other coach Rutgers has had in the same position.
Lavin, who was Rutgers� first assistant coach in 2016-17, is the fourth coach Rutgers will have in a three-person coaching staff when the Scarletbacks open the 2017-18 season against Virginia.
Lavin has worked as a staff member with the women’s hockey program for the past two seasons, including this past season.
Lavins previous stints as Rutgers� head coach include the 2017 season.