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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Family ties help Oakland women add two for 2013

Chesapeake Va.'s Nola Anderson
Nola Anderson, Oakland's first commit for 2013, confessed she hadn't heard much about Oakland University until the recruiting process. But after a relative passed along a newsclip of Anderson's  accomplishments to Golden Grizzlies coach Beckie Francis and her staff, Oakland University knew quite a bit about her. 
Anderson, a 5-foot-7 shooting guard from Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Va., said she had a good experience at Oakland's Elite Camp this summer. Having family in the area helped her decision, too.
"I've been coming up here every summer since I was 8," Anderson said. "It's the same (as Virginia), but it's just colder up here." 
That comfort level may have helped Anderson, who said she quickly learned Oakland's offense and bonded with her future Golden Grizzlies teammates.
Anderson led Grassfield in 3-point shooting and is a two-time All-Southeast District selection. Her coach, Michael Hyman said Anderson, who averages 14 points per game, is expected to pass 1,000 points for her high school career this season.
"She'll do anything you need her to do," he said, adding Anderson has transitioned into a shooter as the team graduated its best players.
Schools such as Radford, William & Mary and Stony Brook showed interest in Anderson, Hyman said, but "once she visited Oakland, she knew it was for her." 
Hyman said Anderson is a versatile player and tenacious defender.
"She can score when she needs to," he said. "But she has the ability to get her team involved."
Oakland has also gotten a commitment from Saint Louis trasnfer and Detroit native Kim Bee, who will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2013-14. She will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Kim Bee (courtesy of Saint Louis University)
The 21-year-old Bee, who chose Saint Louis over the University of Detroit after two years at Schoolcraft College, wanted to move back to the Detroit area to be with her family.
"It was the wrong decision, now," she said. "Being nine hours away from home  for the first time wasn't smart for me being from a big family."
The 6-foot-1 Bee is a natural shot-blocker who had 35 rejections in 30 games for the Billikens last season. She started five games and averaged 2.5 points in 13.6 minutes per game.
"I wasn't progressing at SLU," she said. "It's a lot easier to play to play at Oakland," Bee added, because she was able to "show the type of player I can be" during open gym play with the Golden Grizzlies.
"It was just a blessing from God," Bee said.

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