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Impellizeri Talks November
Jay Mumford

Next level, next season, next month.
 
Michele “Micki” Impellizeri can’t hide her excitement when the subject of November 2010 comes up.
 
“I made my verbal commitment awhile ago, but as soon as November comes around I'll be ready to go", said the excited senior.
 
November would of course bring the day that she signs with Bucknell University, closing her recruiting process. The 6’3" forward’s list of college suitors also included Wagner, Fairfield and U Penn, but when the dust settled, her decision to go with the Patriot League school in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania wasn’t a hard one. 

“I chose Bucknell because they have a great academic program and the basketball is great. I also like the location and the size, it's smaller (than the other schools that were interested). The coaching staff, everything!"

A summer on the circuit with Long Island Lightning Lawniczak and continued focus on strength and conditioning have both helped and will continue to help the Seaford native thrive on the college level.
 
“Our team traveled all over the country, (places like) Chicago and Washington DC" she said. "It was a crazy summer.  I've also been trying to get stronger, doing some weight lifting and some speed and agility training, (as well as) developing more of a shooting range (for college)."

It also helps that the arduous process of college recruiting will be behind her by late November, because the senior has yet to face the mission of helping St. Anthony’s HS make it out of the shark tank this is Long Island’s Catholic League. With team practice starting on November 11th, Impellizeri’s shot blocking, inside presence and leadership will be a key factor in the Lady Friars’ success this season.
 
“Hopefully we come back stronger than we were last year, we did have some (injury) issues", she said. "We lost one or two players, but we have some really good freshmen coming in too. St. John (The Baptist) is going to be a big (competitor) for us, they didn't lose much and have new kids too. They're going to be tough, so we're doing a lot (of tournaments) in the pre-season."

St. A's Head Coach Ken Parham has a high bar set for his forward, and expects her senior year to be her Tour de Force.

"Micki is a valuable player on our team, many things that she does can go unnoticed by a casual fan", Coach Parham said.  "But people who understand the game and look deeper quickly realize all of her valuable qualities. She led our team in blocks, steals, assists and rebounds. She is our best help defender, and such a leader on the court. (Micki) just has such a great understanding for the game and is a great teammate."

 

 

 

 

 

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