LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sixth-year head coach Aaron Roussell has announced the signing of two student-athletes to the women’s basketball program for the 2018-19 season. Taylor O’Brien and Marly Walls each signed their national letters of intent to join the Bison and will make up the team’s class of 2022.
"I am very excited to coach both of these student-athletes,” Roussell said. “They come from outstanding families that will add to the already great dynamic of our program. Both of these two carry themselves in a mature and fun manner that will represent Bucknell exceptionally well.
“This is a great day for the Bison that should offer great excitement for the future of the program. Hats off to our assistant coaches for another great job in assembling this class.”
O’Brien, a 5-9 guard from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, is a multi-sport standout at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, earning all-state honors in basketball and track and field while also lettering in volleyball three years. With one year of basketball still left to play, O’Brien has already eclipsed 1,000 points for her career after scoring a school-record 663 points as a junior.
O’Brien led Plymouth Whitemarsh to an undefeated regular season (22-0) and a Suburban One League title last year. The team went on to finish second in District 1 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Pennsylvania Class 6A Tournament. She was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year, all-state, and all-league following the season.
A state runner-up in the high jump and a state finalist in the 300-meter hurdles, O’Brien is the captain of the track and field team, as well as the basketball team. Additionally, she plays AAU for Philly Triple Threat
"Taylor had an exceptional junior season, and I believe was the only non-senior on the USA Today All-State First Team,” Roussell said. “She has an incredible knack to score the basketball and has the capability to do that right away at this level."
Walls, a 5-8 guard from Bardstown, Kentucky, is also a multi-sport standout for Nelson County High School, finding success in basketball, track and field, and soccer. She is a team captain on the basketball team and has already passed 1,000 points for her career. Walls is an all-region and all-district selection.
"Marly is an incredible athlete who has excelled on the soccer pitch and track, in addition to the basketball court,” Roussell said. “She is an exceptional defender--with a relentless motor-- that will cause problems in our league immediately."
Walls helped Nelson County to a 30-4 record and a region title last season, leading the team in scoring, free throw percentage, and steals. She plays AAU for OverTime Performance. In track and field, she was a state finalist in both the high jump and hurdles events.
"On the floor, we got a lot more athletic with the addition of Taylor and Marly,” Roussell said. “We always look for versatility with our potential student-athletes and we got that with this class. Taylor and Marly will be two of the fastest and most athletic players we have had in my time here. Their skills will translate well into both our offensive and defensive systems."