Purdue women ink 4 recruits

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp signed four players to national letters of intent Wednesday, welcoming Léony Boudreau, Fatou Diagne, Tamara Farquhar and Dani Lawson to the Boilermaker family. The quartet is set to join the Boilermakers next fall for the 2017-18 season.

“This class is one of the most unique and talented groups we’ve signed in our 11 years at Purdue,” said Versyp. “We’re very excited about their versatility and leadership ability.”

In 42 seasons of Purdue women’s basketball, the rosters have featured just a collective three international players. This class alone has three internationals as Boudreau and Farquhar will be the first two Canadians in program history, while Diagne will be the second player all-time at Purdue from Senegal, following Aya Traore. Lawson brings another program first to the class as she is the first Boilermaker legacy in the Purdue program, following in the footsteps of mother Kay (Tucker) Lawson, who played for the Boilermakers from 1990-93.

Boudreau joins the Boilermakers from Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, where she plays alongside Farquhar. The 5-foot-10 combo guard looks to create for her teammates, using excellent court vision and passing skills to set up others. She’s a great shooter in the mid-range and out past the 3-point arc as well, showing ability to score herself as well.

“Léony is a natural leader and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever come across,” said Versyp. “Her maturity, work ethic and high basketball IQ will be an incredible asset to the team.”

HIGH SCHOOL
• Three-year participant at Dawson College
• Missed a significant portion of the 2015-16 season due to injury
• Averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 rebounds per game in 2014-15
• Earned team’s leadership award during sophomore season, along with the top academic and athletic award
• Named team’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14
• Coached by Trevor Williams

NOTEWORTHY
• Rated a Three-Star point guard (89 rating) by ESPN Hoop Gurlz
• Earned General Governor academic honor for the top overall grade point average
• Excellence in School and Sport award winner
• RSEQ All-Academic honoree
• Has two former teammates playing NCAA Division I basketball: Sarah St-Fort (Toledo), Anie-Pier Samson (Duquesne)

PERSONAL
• Full name: Léony Boudreau
• Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering
• Birthday: Aug. 5, 1997
• City Born: Montreal, Quebec
• Parents: Jacques Boudreau and Manon St-Pierre
• Siblings: Brother, Chrystohpe

Diagne was the last of the four Boilermakers to commit to Versyp, and will transfer from Gulf Coast State College (JuCo) with three seasons of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-5 post player, she has a long and wiry frame and her athleticism is a huge asset to her overall game. An excellent rebounder, Diagne can also get out and run the floor and her ability to block or change opponents’ shots near the bucket is impressive.

“Fatou has one of the best hook shots I’ve ever witnessed in the women’s game,” said Versyp. “Her eagerness to make a difference and her work ethic will be fun for the Boilermaker faithful to watch develop and succeed.”

BEFORE PURDUE
• Attended Kocc Barma Educpromo Thies school in Senegal
• Named her team’s academic MVP for the 2014-15 season
• Coached by Idrissa Assokho
• Currently attends Gulf Coast State College (JuCo) in Panama City, Florida
• Missed the 2015-16 season with the Commodores due to injury
• Coached by Mary “Roonie” Scovel and Austin Mefford

NOTEWORTHY
• Ranked No. 7 overall in the 2016-17 JuCo class and No. 3 post player
• Former teammate Khadidiatou Diouf currently plays at Fairfield

PERSONAL
• Full name: Fatou Batou Diagne
• Intended Major: International Business
• Birthday: 1/20/96
• City Born: Thies, Senegal
• Parents: Djibril Diagne and Mareme Soda Faye
• Siblings: Brother, Moustapha, Sisters: Aminata, Adjo, Ndeye Awa, Mame Dior

The Boilermaker staff believes Farquhar is the key piece to the class and will be a game-changer right away for the Old Gold & Black. She’s a lanky, 6-foot wing that can defend almost every position on the floor, exhibits outstanding physicality and a scorer’s mentality. Her ability to rebound, attack the basket and score from the outside will cause match-up problems for opponents.

“We’ve been searching for a wing-player like Tam for a long time,” said Versyp. “She will be a game-changer from the jump as her athleticism will make her a top defender, not only in the Big Ten, but nationally.”

HIGH SCHOOL
• Three-year participant at Dawson College
• Averaged 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 2015-16
• Named team’s defensive player of the year
• Played just six games in 2014-15, averaging 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game
• Missed the majority of 2013-14 and 2014-15 due to injury
• Coached by Trevor Williams

NOTEWORTHY
• Rated a Three-wing (90 rating) and ranked 19th in the class at her position by ESPN Hoop Gurlz
• Ranked as the No. 4 overall players in Canada by Crown Scout Girls
• Member of the Canadian National Women’s Development Team, which earned the silver medal at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Korea
• Three-time Academic Honor Roll honoree
• Has two former teammates playing NCAA Division I basketball: Sarah St-Fort (Toledo), Anie-Pier Samson (Duquesne)

PERSONAL
• Full name: Tamara O. Farquhar
• Intended Major: Psychology, Kinesiology
• Birthday: 8/17/97
• City Born: Lagos, Nigeria
• Parents: Ibironke Fakoya
• Siblings: Brothers: Kentebe Jr., Dharmy, Bobby

Lawson was the first of this class to commit to Versyp and the Boilermakers, pledging her intentions to join the team in 2013-14. The second-generation Boilermaker will add some outstanding size to the Purdue frontcourt, standing 6-foot-2, but also possession some guard skills in the open floor. She uses her body well with rebounding position on both ends of the floor, finishes well and can also stretch defenses with a good outside shot.

“We’re very excited about Dani’s versatility,” said Versyp. “Her body is an incredible asset to her game and she uses it well, in addition to a very high skill level and outstanding footwork. Her post moves are very well developed for her youth.”

HIGH SCHOOL
• Three-year varsity letterwinner for Hathaway Brown High School
• Averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game in 2015-16, leading her team to a regional championship and state championship appearance
• Named 2015-16 First Team All-Northeast District and a Cleveland.com All-Star
• Two-time Hathaway Brown school MVP
• Posted 11.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.9 steals per game in 2014-15
• Averaged 8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 2013-14
• Participated in the 2015 U16 Olympic Trials
• Named to the Hathaway Brown Merit Roll in 2015 and 2016
• Coached by Mike Currino and Edith Spivey

NOTEWORTHY
• Rated a three-star forward (90 rating) and ranked 20th in the class at her position by ESPN Hoop Gurlz
• Ranked No. 89 in the class by ProspectsNation.com
• Tabbed No. 89 in the class by Blue Star
• Is the first legacy in Purdue women’s basketball history as her mother, Kay Tucker, played for the Boilermakers from 1990-93, appearing in 96 games and starting 55

PERSONAL
• Full name: Dani Kayana Lawson
• Intended Major: Pre-Med
• Birthday: 8/14/99
• City Born: Cleveland, Ohio
• Parents: Dan and Kay (Tucker) Lawson
• Siblings: Brother, DaVaughn, Sisters: Keyla, Tylynn and Kaydan