Nov. 18, 2009
Allendale, Mich. - Grand Valley State head coach Janel Burgess has announced the signing of three student-athletes that will begin their careers at GVSU for the 2010-11 season. Dani Crandall (Eaton Rapids, Mich.), Emily England (Metamora, Mich./Goodrich), and Tori Klewicki-McNutt (Dewitt, Mich.) are the three newest members of the Laker women's basketball program.
The trio of high school seniors provides a lot of optimism and potential towards the future of the program and Burgess is very proud of her newest recruiting class. "Each one of these young ladies represent what Laker women's basketball is all about," Burgess explained. "They have been committed to our program and realized that hard work is needed in order to succeed. They all come from championship high school programs and have been coached extremely well. We look forward to watching them compliment our youthful program."
Crandall is a 5'9" combo guard/forward at Eaton Rapids High School, where she is a three-year letterwinner entering her senior season. She was named First Team All-Capital Area Athletic Conference in 2008-09, after averaging 14.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and leading the Greyhounds to a 15-6 record. Crandall was also recognized after the season as a BCAM All-State Special Mention and a BCAM All-State Academic honoree. In 2007-08, she totaled 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest as Eaton Rapids went 15-8. Her strong sophomore campaign came a year after she helped lead the Greyhounds to the 2006-07 district championship by putting up 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a freshman. Crandall has been named academic all-league twice and her team's most valuable player in each of the last two seasons. A multi-sport athlete, she has participated in varsity soccer and volleyball for three years apiece, while also taking part in Student Council during all four years of high school.
"Dani's ability to hit the three-point shot, attack from anywhere on the court, and post up down low will be something that will serve our program well in the years to come," Burgess noted. "She is driven to succeed and we look forward to her contributing in a variety of ways on and off the court."
A 6'2" post player, England nearly averaged a double-double during her junior season at Goodrich High School, in which she notched 12 points and nine rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent from the field. She earned All-Genesee Area Conference Red First Team accolades for her strong junior year, which ended with a 15-8 record and a second-straight GAC Red league championship. England has twice been named to the academic all-state team and was a BCAM All-State Special Mention after the 2008-09 season. In her sophomore season, she shot 53 percent from the field, while scoring 6.6 points and four rebounds per game and was tabbed All-GAC Honorable Mention as the Martians went 18-4 with a league title. England also had the unique opportunity in June 2009 to play for Team USA in the United World Games in Austria, as her team won a silver medal. She has participated in four years of varsity softball as the team's starting catcher and has been a member of National Honors Society for the last three years, as well as playing the piano for the past 13 years.
"Emily is a great addition to our post play, as she is a true low-post player with the ability to step out and shoot from the high post as well," said Burgess. "Emily is a true student of the game and her basketball IQ is something that will be a great compliment to the Laker program."
Klewicki-McNutt is a 5'8" guard that played two years at East Lansing High School and has played one season and will finish her high school career at Dewitt High School. In her three years of basketball at the two schools, she has totaled an overall record of 71-8. Klewicki-McNutt averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 2008-09, while shooting better than 52 percent from the field and over 70 percent at the free throw line. While at East Lansing, she won a conference and regional championship, as well as playing on the state runner-up team in 2007-08. At Dewitt in 2008-09, she won a Capital Area Activities Conference championship, a regional title, and qualified for the state tournament with the Panthers. Klewicki-McNutt was named all-conference, all-state, and to the BCAM All-State team after the 2008-09 season, as well as being a Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection. She also played softball for two years at East Lansing.
"Tori has a beautiful shot, as well as the quickness needed to get to the basket," Burgess pointed out. "She is a competitor that is willing to give to her team in any capacity. Tori is going to bring another dimension to our guard play."