VALPARAISO | Annemarie Hamlet nearly decided to play basketball at Valparaiso when she was in high school. Now a college sophomore, the Michigan native is happy to finally join the Crusaders.
Hamlet will transfer from Oakland and will have three seasons of eligibility starting in 2014-15. The 5-foot-6 point guard will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer requirements.
Hamlet started six games last season for the Golden Grizzlies and averaged 7.0 points while leading the team with 37 3-pointers.
“I went to a camp at Valparaiso when I was a freshman in high school, and I was offered (by then-coach Keith Freeman) right after the camp,” Hamlet said. “I always thought about Valparaiso, and when the time came when I decided to transfer from Oakland, I knew that my first visit would be to Valpo.”
Valparaiso coach Tracey Dorow had her eyes on Hamlet while at Ferris State and was thrilled when the McBain native expressed interest in the Crusaders.
“We weren’t going to be able to touch her at Ferris State, because she was going D1,” Dorow said. “We knew of her, and her comfort level with our staff has really increased. I’ve always been very impressed with her, and we started talking as soon as we heard she was transferring.”
Hamlet’s main reason for selecting Oakland was to play with her older sister Elizabeth. The eldest Hamlet sister graduated in May after starting 25 games last season and will have one season of eligibility remaining. Elizabeth is looking at different graduate schools.
“Annemarie comes from a strong basketball family, the kind of family that goes to run hills after an AAU tournament,” Dorow said. “Her basketball IQ is very impressive. She’s really aggressive and just does not want to lose.”
Hamlet joins forward Sharon Karungi and guard Aliyah Issac as incoming players for next season. Outgoing transfers Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) and Maegan Callaway (IU-South Bend) have already selected schools, while Shaquira Scott is nearing her decision.