Dec. 9, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College women's basketball Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced on Monday, December 9, 2013 that student-athletes Yasmine Bidikuindila (Montreal, Quebec), Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and Alise Parker (Germantown, Tenn.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College.
"We are very excited that Yasmine, Brianna and Alise will be joining our program," Robinson Fruchtl said. "Each of the three players adds athleticism, size and length to our front court, which was a focal point for us during the recruiting process."
Bidikuindila, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward, currently attends Champlain College Saint-Lambert and plays for George Germanos. Prior to enrolling at Champlain in 2013, Bidikuindila attended Honore-Mercier (2008-13). Her playing career also features stints with DJ Sports (2008-11), Team Quebec (2011-12) and Tornades Longueil (2012-13). She earned Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player awards in 2011, and helped guide her team to a bronze medal in the National Championship (2011). Bidikuindila also earned a silver medal (2013) and bronze medal (2009) in the Provincial Championships. She is the daughter of Forent Tshimanga and Patricia Idikayi Bempengesha Tshimanga.
"We believe Yasmine will really develop into a force at this level," Robinson Fruchtl said. "She is 6'-6", athletic, has good hands and gives us a true, low-post presence. Yasmine has a world of potential and we believe it's possible for her to be a program changer for us."
Frias, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward, currently attends Holy Name Central Catholic (2010-14) and plays for Barry Finneron. During her junior year, Frias averaged 8.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in 27 games. She also has played for the New England Crusaders, under the direction of Maureen LaRoche. Frias earned Westboro Tournament MVP honors after recording a triple-double vs. Westboro with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. She helped guide Holy Name to the District Finals with a regular-season record of 21-0. During the 2012-13 campaign, Frias helped her team capture the District Championship and advance to the State Championship. She is the daughter of Luis and Doretha Frias.
"Brianna has been committed to us for over a year," Robinson Fruchtl said. "She's a very mature individual with great leadership ability. Bri has set high goals for herself and will add a nice dimension to program. She's a great shot blocker with speed and length, which is something we were looking to add to our team."
Parker, a 6-foot, 1-inch forward, currently attends Houston High School and plays for Chad Becker. Parker also played the last two seasons for Memphis Elite under the direction of Don Williams. She has been tabbed Best Defensive Player during her career. In 2012-13, Parker averaged 12.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in 19 games for Houston High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Nicole Parker.
"Alise can play multiple positions for us as a wing or high post," Robinson Fruchtl said. "She has a nice mid-range jumper and excellent leaping ability. Alise also fits the profile we were looking for in this class with length, size and speed."
In addition to these three newcomers, transfer Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will be eligible to play for the Friars after sitting out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris attended Charlotte during the 2012-13 season, and will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Friars. As a freshman at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games and averaged 6.0 minutes per game. She recorded a season-high five points against UNC Wilmington (11/10/12) and dished a season-high three assists against North Carolina Central (11/10/12). Prior to her lone season at Charlotte, Harris attended Murry Bergtraum High School (N.Y.). She earned 2012 New York City Player of the Year honors from the New York Post, in addition to a spot on its First-Team All-City squad. Harris also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz and was named to the All-Madison Square Garden Tri-State Second Team. On the AAU circuit, Harris played five years with New Heights NYC.