MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Mount Vernon Nazarene University women's basketball coach Amanda Short is pleased to announce the recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Six new players -- Landen Collins, Nicolette DeVincentis, Elizabeth Fee, Nora Hopkins, Rachel Perry and Hailey Peters -- have all decided to further their educations and playing careers at MVNU.
"We are very excited for the 2017 recruiting class," Short said. "We are bringing in a great group of girls who not only put in the work on the court, but also in the classroom. They have all worked hard in their high school career to become scholar-athletes at the next level, and we are pleased to add them to the MVNU community. All these recruits played at a high level in high school and come from a successful program. They know what it takes to win, and I am confident they will bring that mentality and hard work with them at the next level. These players are quality and will add to the positive culture on this campus as well as help make the program more successful."
Collins, a 5-foot-7 guard from Pickerington, Ohio, prepped at Liberty Union High School. The All-State guard guided the team to district championships in 2015 and 2017. Collins reached many personal milestones while in high school, including finishing her career in the school's top-10 for career scoring (876 points). Additionally, she owns the record for most 3-pointers in a single-season (168) and is also top-three all-time for career free throw shooting (72.7 percent).
Collins was a First Team All-MSL selection twice. She was also All-District and honorable mention for All-Metro for her senior season. As a junior, she was honored as an All-District player as well as honorable mention for All-State.
Off the court, Collins excelled in the classroom with high honor roll recognition throughout her four years at Liberty Union. Collins, who was a three-year volleyball player in high school, enjoys boating, fishing and hanging out with family and friends.
DeVincentis, a 5-6 shooting guard from Findlay, Ohio, prepped at Liberty-Benton High School. She attended Saint Joseph's College (Ind.) for the 2016-17 season, where she received the Hard Work and Commitment Award, along with outstanding scholar-athlete recognition.
In high school, DeVincentis helped lead her team to the BVC League championships in 2014 and 2015 and district titles in 2013 and 2014. DeVincentis, who once scored 51 points in a game, was named honorable mention All-State, First Team All-BVC and Second Team All-Northwest Ohio during her sparkling career.
She holds the record at Liberty-Benton for most points in a game (51), most 3-pointers in a game (11) and best 3-point shooting in a single season (51.9 percent). She topped 1,000 points in her career and was invited to the district's All-Star Game at the end of her senior season.
DeVincentis, who enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, listening to music and riding her bike, plans to major in Early Childhood Education while at MVNU.
Fee, a 5-9 guard from Pickerington, Ohio, prepped at Pickerington Central High School. Fee was a multi-sport star at Pickerington Central, also performing on the school's cross country, track and soccer teams at the varsity level.
Fee's teams experienced tremendous success. Pickerington Central won OCC championships in both 2015 and 2016, and Fee also helped the team to a pair of district titles.
Fee, who is a member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll, plans on studying Business Administration. In her free time she enjoys running and reading.
Hopkins, a 5-11 guard/forward from Avon, Ohio, prepped at Elyria Catholic High School. Hopkins earned a wealth of individual awards for her play at Elyria, including honorable mention All-State, All-District, All-County and All-Conference.
Fee led her squad in scoring as a senior (11.1 points per game) and was also the team's top 3-point shooter with 55 triples. Hopkins helped Elyria reach the district finals as a senior and the regional finals as a junior. Additionally, Elyria won a WSC crown in 2014 and a GLC championship in 2015 and 2016.
When she has free time, Hopkins enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Hopkins plans on majoring as an Intervention Specialist while at MVNU while continuing her professional career as a special education teacher.
Perry, a 5-10 forward from Lebanon, Ohio, prepped at Lebanon High School. Perry, who averaged a double-double as a senior, was named Second Team All-GWOC twice in her career.
Perry was Lebanon's Team MVP and appeared in the All-Star Game in 2017. Her personal-highs in a game during high school include 24 points and 20 rebounds. She led Lebanon to four straight sectional finals. Lebanon was also the district runner-up 2015 and the GWOC South runner-up during Perry's career.
An outstanding student, Perry received the Harmon Civic Trust Award as a senior. She enjoys many different activities outside of basketball, including volleyball, church youth group, 4-H, painting, hiking, ceramics, and watching movies. Perry plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education at MVNU.
Peters, a 6-1 forward/center from Casstown, Ohio, prepped at Troy Christian High School. Peters, who served as Troy's team captain for two years, earned many personal honors in her four years in high school, including being named a two-time First Team All-Metro Buckeye Conference honoree.
As a sophomore, Peters earned Second Team All-Conference recognition, and she was named the Rookie of the Year as a freshman. Peters, who was invited to the Senior All-Star Game, scored a personal-record 32 points in a single game at Troy Christian.
In the classroom, she was on the Honor Roll for all four years and a member of the Student Leadership Team. When she is not on the court, Peters likes to play soccer, bake in the kitchen and participate in Student Council. She plans to major in Elementary Education at MVNU.