Riverhead Blue Waves basketball guard Shanice Allen has signed to play basketball with Division II Pace University.
She signed an acceptance letter for a full scholarship today at Riverhead High School, surrounded by her parents, coaches and school administrators.
Shanice was a starter on the 2011-2012 varsity girls basketball team, which won the L.I. championship, the first time in the history of girls basketball in Riverhead. The League III, Suffolk County Class AA and Section XI champions went to the state final four.
A three-year All-County player, Shanice surpassed 1,000 career points on the court last year, when she averaged 15 points per game.
“She is one of the top players I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching,” head coach David Spinella said. “She has a quiet confidence and grace, leads by example, and is never a problem."
Shanice, stands just 5'4 1/2" Her great strengths on the floor are her ability to drive and a strong defense. Her jump shot is effortless," he said.
"She is a coach’s dream," Spinella said. "I know she would also like to thank her AU coach, Greg Flynn, who couldn’t be here today. He took her all over the country on his team over the summer and got her a lot of exposure. He does so much for so many players and deserves a great deal of the credit for helping her get a full ride at PACE.”
Shanice is enrolled in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Certified Medical Assistant program. She plans to major in biology at Pace with the long-term goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.