IMG Academy’s Khaleann and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau have verbally committed to the Vanderbilt University Commodores women’s basketball program. The 6-foot-3 natives of Gatineu, Quebec, Canada are set to sign their National Letters of Intent in November.
“We spent our summer visiting all of the schools on our list to be fair, and sure of our decision, but Vanderbilt became our preference,” Khaleann said of their decision. “The chemistry with the team and the coach was wonderful. And they have great academics, which is very important to us… The coach at Vanderbilt reminds us of Coach Shell [at IMG Academy]. She’s really intense but off the court she is very friendly and you feel you can talk to her about anything.”
She continued, “When we were in Canada, we played for a team but didn’t have much direct contact with the coaches. They weren’t there talking to us and helping us along the way. But from our first day [at IMG Academy], everyone was contacting us to learn more about us and help us. Coach Shell [Dailey] knows so many people at the colleges and she helped us throughout the recruiting process.”
Sister Audrey-Ann added, “We both got so much stronger [at IMG Academy]. Adding the weight room and mental conditioning to what we were already doing made a big difference. And being away from home helped prepare us early for what we will have to do in college.”
Enrolling at IMG Academy at the start of the 2012-13 school year, the twin forwards made an immediate impact on the girls basketball program. Last season, Audrey-Ann averaged 12.1 points per game and five defensive rebounds, while sister Khaleann averaged 9.3 points per game while making 82% of her free throws. Their efforts helped the women’s basketball team finish with a 42-8 overall record, which included a 7-2 mark against junior colleges. They also helped bring home three national tournament championships on the year. Prior to joining IMG Academy, the twins were selected as members of Canada’s U-17 Women’s National Team after helping the SSF Blizzard to the Canadian Juvenile-AAA State Championship, and are considered among top-50 prospects in the Class of 2014 in the Full Court Fresh 50 rankings.
“This is big for our girls program and we’re really proud that the twins made a decision to go to Vanderbilt, a team that competes well in the SEC. Knowing what they will bring to the program, Vandy will likely go further than they have in the NCAA Tournament,” commented Shell Dailey, Director of Women’s Basketball, IMG Academy. “Melanie [Balcomb] is an awesome coach, she has a proven record and I am sure they’re going to get the program where they want it to be, especially with the help of our girls from IMG Academy. Plus, academically, it’s a perfect fit for the twins because they want a strong academic school. They want to be doctors and Vanderbilt has limitless opportunities for them to play basketball and further their ambitions with medicine.”
The twins will join a program led by Head Coach Melanie Balcomb. Balcomb has coached the Commodores for 11 seasons, and during that time has led the program to the NCAA Tournament and finished with at least 20 wins each year of her tenure. Additionally, under Balcomb’s watch, the Commodores have won three Southeastern Conference Tournament titles, reached the NCAA Sweet 16 four times and finished in the top-25 eight times. Historically, the Southeastern Conference has been among the nation’s power conferences relative to developing players, with seven Naismith Player of the Year winners, more than 110 First-Team All-Americans and 47 WNBA first-round draft selections. The Caron-Goudreau twins will be the second and third additions to the SEC from IMG Academy recently, following former teammate Rina Hill of Nagoya-Shi, Japan, who signed with LSU with the Class of 2013.