AUBURN, Maine — Gabby Foy, a senior guard/forward for this year’s Mt. Blue High School girls basketball program, has committed to play the sport for Central Maine Community College next year.
Foy, a two-time KVAC first team all-star and a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honorable mention player this year, and guard Samantha Bruce of Madison, who made her commitment to CMCC official last week, are two high-profile Maine seniors who have joined the Mustangs.
They may not be the last.
“I think in the coming days and weeks, there may be some more coming that will be a surprise to some,” said Mustangs second-year head coach Andrew Morong. He is not allowed to talk about any potential recruits until they actually sign a letter declaring their commitment to attend the school.
Morong said he is determined to try to bring in more top-flight players.
“From the fall out through AAU basketball in the spring, I’m constantly recruiting,” he said. “We go after all the kids the other programs do.”
Morong sees Foy and Bruce having an immediate impact with the Mustangs.
“We were 23-5 and averaged 82 points a game,” he said. “We have 63 points per game leaving, so we needed high-impact players who can give us big minutes right away.”
Foy averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals in her four years as a starter for the Cougars.
She’s unsure of what she wants to pursue in college, she said in a CMCC press release, and that was one reason she chose CMCC.
“CM gives you a good foundation for education and gives you many options to pursue,” she said in the release.
Central Maine Community College offers two-year associate degrees, and some students start there before moving on to a four-year school.
“The size of the school and its location were also important factors,” said Bruce in a press release announcing her signing.
Bruce was a two-time Mountain Valley Conference All-Stars first-teamer and averaged 16 points and five rebounds this season. She led the Bulldogs to the Western Maine Class C final.
“I think when we changed from a technical college to a community college, it opened new doors for us,” said Morong. “We offer a quality education at a great value.”
CMCC competes in the Yankee Small College Conference, which consists of 15 colleges from Maine through New Hampshire, Vermont and into upstate New York.
The Mustangs have won the conference championship the past two years and represented the conference at the USCAA national championships.
“It’s something we take a lot of pride in,” said Morong. “To play and be seen [at the national tournament] is a great opportunity for our program.”
Foy and Bruce, who were both Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Stars, are eager to play for the Mustangs.
“They use the fast break a lot and they love to press, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to play like that,” said Bruce.
Foy believes she will be able to make an impact as well.
“I see myself contributing at CM through my intensity and my ability to be a team player,” she stated in her release. “I like to win as much as any other player and I will do whatever the team needs me to do to get the win.”