Laurentian Voyageurs coach Jason Hurley announced that local forward Aneisha Rismond is the first player committed to join the Voyageurs women’s basketball team for the 2021-2022 season.
Rismond, a Lo-Ellen Park Secondary basketball grad from Sudbury, will look to make her presence felt in the Ben Avery Gym and around the OUA beginning next fall. Standing at 6’-1, Rismond will look to team up with her former teammate, Emilie Lafond, and control the paint for the blue and gold for the next number of years as she pursues her degree in nursing.
With Rismond’s size and athletic ability joining the roster, Hurley is looking forward to how her addition will benefit the Voyageurs’ current roster.
“Aneisha will help in many ways,” the coach said. “She fits our humble and hungry approach. She can guard pick and roll actions, and play out of the low post or face the basket.”
For Rismond, her game builds from the defensive side of the ball forward.
“I am able to disrupt defensively,” she said. “I can guard the pick and roll action and I protect the rim well. I am able to run up and down the floor at a fast pace and, while most of my points are made (with my) back to the basket, I am working on finishing squared up.”
Last season, as a junior at Lo-Ellen Prep, Rismond finished the year with a 5.9 points per game average to go along with a 5.5 rebounds per game average for the Knights.
With the OSBA season currently on hold until at least January 2021, Rismond is thankful just to be able to train.
“I am very fortunate that I am able to practice with my team,” she said. “We are in the gym every day of the week and I have to say that I see lots of improvement in my game. Mentally, training every day is what is keeping me motivated. I also think that trying to be in the best shape for my freshman year in 2021 plays another factor in staying motivated during this pandemic.”
Rismond was drawn to the intangibles that coach Hurley and his staff offered and the prospect of playing in her hometown.
“I liked the recruiting process because I got to see how different some teams and coaches are from one another," she said. "Having scrimmaged and with some of the Voyageurs over the past couple of summers, I got to know some of the players and how the coaching staff treated their players, so that definitely helped me make my decision. I will also enjoy playing in front of friends and family more often.”
For Hurley, this is more northern talent staying home and he could not be more excited.
“We are privileged that Aneisha felt we could get her to her potential as an individual and as a member of our program. She could have gone to many other universities and she chose us; she chose to stay home and play in front of the greatest fan base in U SPORTS.”