JONESBORO, Ark. (11/20/19) – Three prep standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for Arkansas State beginning in 2020.
Guards Hilani Cantone (Apopka, Fla.), Victoria Dames (Loganville, Ga.) and Aniya Finger (Charlotte, N.C.) each signed NLIs to join head coach Matt Daniel’s program for the 2020-21 season.
“As we learn our lessons going through this first year with recruiting classes and continuing to change the culture and develop winning ways with student-athletes, I think this group will be a great starting point for the foundation, along with the 2021 class we’re looking to bring in,” head coach Matt Daniel said. “This group, along with Jada Stinson and Talia Roldan, who are sitting out after transferring from Memphis and UAB, is a good solid core group that we can build on for the future.”
Hilani Cantone | G | 5-8 | Apopka, Fla. | Apopka HS
Hilani Cantone can not only score at a high level, but is as tough as they come defensively. Cantone has earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as the “Iron Man” Award and the Hustle Award in addition to being named second team All-SIAA. Cantone averages 10.3 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Off the court, Cantone is a strong student, earning the Principal’s Award and is a member of the Academic Consortium of Scholars.
Daniel on Cantone: “Hilani is a versatile guard who can have the ball in her hands or play off the ball. She brings another dynamic to our team being able to play multiple guard positions.”
Victoria Dames | G | 6-0 | Loganville, Ga. | Grayson HS
An all-region selection, Victoria Dames is not only a strong scorer at 13 points per game, but a solid rebounder (5 rpg). Defensively, Dames has a knack for causing problems for the opposition, averaging around three steals per contest.
Daniel on Dames: “Vic is a versatile guard that can put it on the floor, shoot it from anywhere and guard multiple positions. She’s the type of player that we’re looking for to extend the defense for us and to cause problems on the defensive end for the opponent.”
Aniya Finger | G | 6-0 | Charlotte, N.C. | Hopewell HS
Aniya Finger is a 1,000-point scorer from North Carolina, who led Hopewell High School in scoring (18.8) and rebounding (12.2) as a junior, averaging a double-double. This season, Finger has upped her scoring to just over 19 points per game with over 12 rebounds. Finger earned all-conference honors as a junior and is on her way to doing so again this season.
Daniel on Finger: “Aniya is an inside-out slasher. She can face up to the basket from the block or from the outside. She continues to develop her guard skills and can step out on the floor and be a threat, both inside and out.”
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