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Top recruit Kellie Ring commits to Gee-Gees for next season

Thursday December 9, 2010

Women’s basketball (4-4 OUA)

The uOttawa Gee-Gees and women’s basketball program are proud to announce their first player commitment for the 2011-12 season. On Monday, December 7, Kellie Ring, Ottawa, Ont., committed to attend the University of Ottawa and suit up for the garnet and grey next fall.

Kellie is an outstanding athlete and a highly touted basketball player, having selected the University of Ottawa over dozens of U.S. and virtually all of Canada’s CIS schools. Last summer, as a 16 year old, she was selected to Canada’s national U17 and U18 teams, proving to be a valuable member of both the U17 team that played in the world championships in France, and the U18 team that finished third in Colorado, as well as qualifying for this year’s U19 world championships.

Kellie most recently won a second consecutive OFSAA “AAA” basketball championship last month with her Louis Riel high school team.

When asked about her commitment in becoming a Gee-Gee, Kellie was very excited for what lays ahead: “I’m extremely excited to be playing for coach Sparks and the coaching staff, as well as the girls that are there now and the girls he has coming in. I believe that we can win a national championship.” She went on to credit Gee-Gees women’s basketball head coach Andy Sparks as being the biggest factor in her decision to attend the University of Ottawa.

In addition to playing with her Louis Riel team, Kellie has also been playing club basketball for the Ottawa Shook club team for the past two seasons. Coincidentally enough, this team is also coached by our own Andy Sparks, her mother Sue Hylland and Gee-Gees assistant coach Marg Jones. And if that wasn’t enough, Kellie is currently playing on the Ottawa Nationals JUEL team coached by Dave Malowski.

Still, Kellie is no stranger to the uOttawa Gee-Gees organization with her current high school coach, Andre Desjardins, being a former men’s basketball assistant coach, and her father, Larry Ring, being a former successful Gee-Gees football coach.

Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks is thrilled to welcome Kellie to the fold: “We are honoured that Kellie has decided to join us here at the University of Ottawa and we look forward to, not only her basketball skill, but also her leadership and drive to succeed. As talented as Kellie is as a player, it is her strength of character that sets her apart from most athletes”. 

“She has the versatility to play the point and shooting guard positions and is considered to be one of the top defensive players in the country,” added Sparks.