The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications.
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and head coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday that two international prep standouts have signed their letters of intent. The two players, who both hail from Europe, have signed to play for the Cyclones starting in 2016-17.
“We are excited to add Adriana and Aliyah,” Fennelly said. “Iowa State is a world class university and the signing of these student athletes really adds to our university community on and off the court. Both players are great kids from wonderful families are we are honored to add them to the Cyclone women’s basketball family.”
Adriana Camber, a 5-9 forward who hails from Lund, Sweden, is an accomplished basketball player in Sweden who was a member of the Nordic Championship national team in 2013 and 2014 where she was named an All-Star. She was also named an All-Star three times in the Swedish Championship (2012, 2013, 2014). Camber started her freshman year and averaged 9.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and her team finished second in the Swedish Championship. Her sophomore year, she started all nine games and averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists and led her team to a fourth-place finish in the Swedish Championship. She sat out her junior season due to an ACL injury. Camber was rated a five-star prospect by Blue Star Europe.
“Adriana has the athleticism to add to our perimeter depth,” Fennelly said. “She is a very skilled player who will be able to impact our team at both ends.”
Aliyah Konate, a 6-4 forward/center from Berlin, Germany, was a member of Germany’s 3-on-3 national team in the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Konate competes for the club team ALBA Berlin and has won the Berlin German Championships, East German Championships and the North German Championships the last three years. In her first game in the WNBL, she scored 48 points. Konate is the first woman from ALBA Berlin to be named to the national team in 2013.
“Aliyah adds a lot to our inside game,” Fennelly said. “She is a physical player who will be able to compete in the Big 12.”
Kiel Moore, a national recruiting analyst for ProspectsNation.com com, talked about Iowa State’s 2016-17 recruiting class.
“In the past couple of years, Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly and his staff have done a good job establishing international recruiting connections and as a result it has paid off for the Big 12 school. Last year Canadian wing Bridget Carleton signed with the Cyclones and this year two European’s will make a trip across the water to play college basketball in Ames, Iowa. 6-foot-4 post Aliyah Konate of Berlin, Germany and 5-foot-9 guard Adriana Camber of Sweden have signed with Iowa State as members of the class of 2016.
“With her combination of size, length and athleticism, Aliyah Konate will give coach Fennelly and his staff depth across their frontline. Konate has a great feel for how to play the game from a team concept and should be able to use her individual talents to be effective on both sides of the ball.
“Swedish wing Adriana Camber has a foundation of athleticism that she mixes with a strong basketball IQ. She will be able to contribute at either wing position adding perimeter shooting and playmaking to those spots on the floor. Camber’s game should translate well to Iowa State’s style of play as she is capable of thriving in the half court but athletic enough to make plays in transition.”
2016-17 Iowa State Signees
Adriana Camber, F, 5-9, Lund, Sweden, Katedralskolan Lund
Aliyah Konate, F/C, 6-4, Berlin, Germany, Mildred-Harnack