(FREDERICTON, NB) Barely a week removed from one season, Jeff Speedy is looking ahead to another.
The head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds women's basketball team has received commitments from two key recruits, both of whom will join the team in the fall.
Krystal Osburn provides size, power and finesse… three ingredients the Varsity Reds were looking for.
Osburn, a dynamic forward with the Barrie Royals, of the Ontario Junior Elite Basketball League, has announced she will join the Varsity Reds, beginning next season.
“I am so excited that Krystal has decided to become a Varsity Red,” says UNB head coach Jeff Speedy. “We love her size and her ability to both shoot and rebound the ball.” Speedy feels Osburn will have opposition coaches re-thinking game plans. “She is quite athletic for her size and will definitely create some match-up problems on the defensive end.”
Osburn chose UNB for basketball and more. “On my recruiting trip, in October, the trees were changing colour and I just thought it was breath-taking,” she says of the Fredericton campus.
“I’m looking forward to playing the sport I love, throughout my university experience, and travel the east coast.”
Prior to joining the Royals, Osburn was a standout with the Collingwood Collegiate Institute Fighting Owls, the same program that produced current Varsity Red Hannah Currie. She’s also participated in the Canada Drive-Blue Star Ontario elite development program.
“Krystal has a huge upside and is a great person,” says Coach Speedy. “We have had good luck with players from her part of the world(Currie), and I know she will have a great career here at UNB."
Osburn plans on pursuing a Kinesiology Degree while attending UNB and will join the Varsity Reds beginning in the 2016-2017 season.
Gillian Cumby, a key starter with the Horton High School team that dominated Division 1 girls’ basketball in Nova Scotia this past season, has committed to the Varsity Reds.
A multi-sport star with a passion for basketball, Cumby was also a member of Nova Scotia’s under-17 team that competed at the national championship tournament, in Alberta, last summer.
“I chose UNB because I felt it was the best fit for me academically and as an athlete,” says Cumby. “I also felt it was the perfect mix of being away from home, yet being part of a close-knit university community.”
“Gillian is a winner and a great athlete, and we are very excited that she chose to become a Varsity Red,” says head coach Jeff Speedy. “I love the defensive intensity that Gillian plays with. She rebounds the ball well and is used to playing a style that we like to play.”
The 5’10” forward is also a noted track and field athlete.
“I am expecting big things from her at UNB,” says Coach Speedy.
Cumby is eager to begin her Varsity Reds experience.
“I’m most excited about being able to compete at a higher level, to be part of such a close team, and to become involved in the community with my teammates.”
Cumby plans to major in both Mathematics and French and hopes to pursue an Education Degree.