Coach Johnson names first players of 2017
FORT KENT, Maine — Daniel Johnson, head coach at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, has announced the first four players of his 2017 recruiting class. Johnson will look to build on a rebuilding 2016-2017 season, where he had to bring in a completely new squad.
Kalie Chamberlain, a 5’10” forward from Enosburg Falls, Vt., will major in nursing. Chamberlain will enter as a freshman, after being named to the first team All-County a year ago. As a junior, she helped her team win a state championship.
Johnson said, “She’s a very heady player that understands mismatches and brings a quiet toughness.”
Georgia Landry, a 5’7” guard from Patten, played high school basketball at nearby Katahdin High School in Stacyville. Landry was named to the Penobscot Valley Conference First Team as a junior and was named to the McDonald’s Senior All-Star team as a senior. Landry will major in nursing as a Bengal.
“Georgia is a high-IQ player that comes in and should see some solid time as a freshman,” said Johnson. “I believe she’s a diamond in the rough only because the classification of her high school.”
Sammi Thayer, a 5’5” guard from Glenburn, is “a scrappy player that gives us much-needed depth at the guard position. She played in the largest division in the state and understands high-level competition,” said Johnson.
Thayer played at Bangor High School and was named to the KVAC All-Academic team as a senior. Thayer will also major in nursing.
Kallee Dowler, a 5’8” guard from Barnesville, Ohio, will enter as the most decorated player in the 2017 class. Dowler finished her high school career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points at Barnesville High School. She was the Ohio District 12 Player of the Year and was named to the first team of the All-East District Division III, District 12, and Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and was also an Ohio Second Team All-State performer.
Johnson said, “Kallee is a great player with amazing skills, high-IQ player that leads by example. She’s got unlimited range on her shot and the level of competition does not scare her. She comes from a very athletic family.”