Campbell County (TN) High's Maria Foust poses with family and Rio Grande coach David Smalley after signing with the RedStorm
Tue, Aug. 21, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley has announced the addition of Maria Foust to the program's roster for the 2012-13 season.
Foust, a 5-foot-11 post player, helped Campbell County (TN) High School post a 24-7 record during her senior season, earning All-District 3 AAA honors in the process. "We're excited to have Maria join our family," Smalley said. "She's a tremendous young lady and a very, very good student. She's coming to us a little late in the recruiting season, but she really seemed to fit in with what we're looking for as both an individual and a player when she made her visit here."
Foust averaged 8.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game for head coach Ryan Browning's Cougars, which captured their first district championship since 1991. She scored a career-high 20 points in a 59-54 win over Anderson County in the district title contest.
Foust also led her team in both overall field goal shooting (45%) and blocks (39).
"It's exciting to get the chance to go on to a higher level," she said. "Playing college basketball is something I've thought about for the past eight years."
Foust chose Rio Grande after also receiving interest from a handful of smaller schools, including Walters State, Dyersburg State and Johnson University.
"Rio's located in a great area," said Foust, who will major in nursing. "It's a comfortable environment."
Given his team's overall lack of size, Smalley said that Foust has the chance to contribute right away.
"Her skill-set and abilities are areas we need some assistance in - in the post position. We have some good young players coming in for that position, but we needed to get some more depth there," he said. "I think she'll fit into our five (center) spot really well. She runs the floor, she has the ability to get the ball to the glass, she's got a nice medium-range jump shot and she played a very solid team down in Tennessee. When she learns our system, I think she has a great opportunity to come in here and give us an immediate impact toward our inside game."
Foust pointed to her physicality when asked what attributes she will bring to the program, but admitted that she has room for improvement.
"I need to become a better scorer and a better ball-handler," she said. "I just want to be the best that I can be."
She is daughter of Jerry and Debra Foust of Caryville, Tenn.