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Sade Iriah Verbally Commits to Northeastern



On September 10, 2011, Sade Iriah (6’0″,F, A Game, 2012) gave a verbal commitment to Notheastern University, out of Boston, Massachusetts.

For Iriah, longer term goals played into the majority of her decision.  “The academics were the best of the schools that had offered me”, said the six-footer who was still in the Boston area when we got a hold of her.  Northeastern triumphed over a list of other competing schools looking to land Iriah.  Among them, New Hampshire and University at Buffalo were in the running to the end.  “I know that it will be my education that I will use to fall back on at the end of the day, so that played a big role.”  But, there was an undeniable connection that was made with the rest of the team weighed into the equation as well.  “I really seemed to connect with the team on my visit.  I got along with them really well.  The comraderie seemed right.”

The Northeastern Huskies of the Colonial Athletic Association have landed a Forward that isn’t afraid to put her body on the line to add some much needed grit to a squad that experienced their own set of challenges last year.  “I believe I can bring aggressiveness and believe I have an eye for chasing down rebounds.”  Iriah also went on to talk about that along with aggressiveness, she is isn’t afraid to get her uniform dirty by diving for loose balls and doing whatever it takes to earn her team ball possession.   AAU, A Game Coach, Yaw Afful, reaffirmed that the Huskies had landed “a tough player” that had welcomed the chance to be at a “school located in a highly ranked conference”.

The verbal committment for the six-foot Forward comes on the heals of a solid spring campaign with her rep club team, the Brampton Warriors.  But, Iriah credits her time with A Game over the summer  for a good portion of the finishing touches to her overall game, to help give her the opportunity she now finds herself in.  “With overall training with A Game, I have seen the biggest jump in the progress of my game in just a short period of time.  My past summer with them had done wonders for my recruitment.”

After her final year at St Edmund Campion Secondary School, Iriah will be looking to focus on degree in Sports Medicine while at Northeastern, with the longer term goal of a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience.  But she knows that more hardwork is needed before next summer.  “I will be looking to work to get in to [the Huskies] lineup”, she says with sobering thought.  “I will be looking to keep my game tight on my school and rep teams with that in mind.”