IMG Academy's Hayley Alexander has officially committed to the University of New Orleans. Alexander drew interest from several schools nationwide after her breakthrough senior season but ultimately selected the Privateers to continue her dynamic basketball career.
Following the first semester of her junior year at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Long Beach, NY, Alexander enrolled at IMG to prepare for a future in basketball at the collegiate level. âI really wanted to play in college and I knew that I needed to train at a higher level in order to do so. As soon as I visited IMG I knew I wanted to play there,â said Alexander. âThe facilities were amazing and I knew Coach Shell [Dailey> really cared about her team.â
Remarked head coach Shell Dailey: âShe [Alexander> really worked hard as soon as she got here. I put her into some tough situations because I felt that in order for her to play in college, she needed to learn to attack the basket more. We definitely coached her to understand that and she's made huge strides since.â
In addition to team training on the court, IMG's mental conditioning courses enhanced her leadership skills as well as her independence and reliability, which she says has made her ready to play at the college level. âI'm really excited about playing for UNO this year,â said Alexander. âI think the program is really up-and-coming and I'm ready to work hard to help develop this team.â
âI was really pleased with her time here and I think she will love playing at the University of New Orleans,â said Coach Shell. âI think being there is just what she wants and it will be a perfect fit for her.â The 5-foot-8 shooting guard joins the Privateers as the 7th member of this year's recruiting class under the direction of head coach Keeshawn Carter, a former UNO player and assistant coach. Carter was formally named head coach midway through last season after serving as interim coach for the Privateers in early 2011. Last year served as a transitional year for UNO as it begins its shift from Division III to Division II this season.
Prior to attending IMG Academy, Alexander played for the Long Island Lightening, the local AAU team; where she received the athletic achievement award during her freshman and sophomore years as well as team MVP in 2009 and 2010.