The Saint Mary's Huskies keep finding ways to keep top-end basketball talent at home.
In a year when Scott Munro’s team graduated perennial all-star guard Angelina Carvery, the Huskies announced Monday that Horton High School guard Jayda Veinot will remain in the region to play in the AUS.
The Huskies have been a powerhouse under Munro. They had a four-year run atop the conference ended this season by the Acadia Axewomen in the conference semifinals.
Veinot, a five-foot-11 guard from Port Williams, was widely considered the best varsity prospect in the region and had drawn recruiting interest from coast-to-coast.
She is the daughter of former Acadia player Kevin Veinot and former UNB player Jennifer Hale. Jayda's twin brother, Keevan, recently picked the Dalhousie Tigers.
"She had a lot of schools chasing her around," Munro said Monday. He said he got confirmation of her commitment to the Huskies on Sunday.
"She was probably the top kid around, for sure. She had interest around Eastern Canada and out west, too, so it's a good pickup for us."
Veinot was part of the provincial champion Griffins in her Grade 11 season. Her Grade 12 season was cut short by the labour dispute between public school teachers and the provincial government.
Veinot, on the radar for Canada Basketball, is coveted for her versatility.
"She can do a bit of everything," said Munro. "She can put the ball on the floor with either hand, can finish with either hand and has really good basketball instincts. She's a very good shooter, too. She's got the total package."
The Huskies are in the middle of a makeover with Carvery and high-scoring guard Jenny Lewis both finished up.
"Angelina and Jenny were two prominent players in the backcourt," said Munro. "So the timing is right."