NEW HAVEN >> As she weighed the options between Albertus Magnus and Felician College, Hillhouse senior point guard Shyla Osmond wanted to make sure she made the right choice.
“I talked to my coach and my father and we had to think about the pros and cons and the final verdict was Felician,” Osmond said. “I picked it all on my own.”
On Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, Osmond signed her national letter of intent to attend Felician in front of her peers and with her parents by her side. Osmond received a full scholarship to attend the New Jersey college. She said she will major in criminal justice.
“It was a great fit for me,” she said.
Osmond attended Sacred Heart Academy for three years before transferring to High School in the Community, a charter school in New Haven, and playing her senior year for the Academics. Hillhouse coach Cartina Hawley-Stewart said it is difficult trying to get a transfer student recruited in their senior year, but Osmond is a different type of player.
“Once (colleges) got to see her play, just getting tapes and getting them to come out and see her, they already knew what I had,” Hawley-Stewart said. “It was kind of easy for me because I had such a talented, hard-working player. A leader who can play.”
Last season Osmond led Hillhouse to the state tournament and averaged 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, five assists and five steals per game. She also scored her 1,000th career point and was named All-Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division and was named New Haven Register All-Area and All-State second team.
Hawley-Stewart said she is proud of her point guard’s achievements on the court, but the coach said she’ll remember something else from Osmond.
“The yes in her face; ‘Yes Coach,’” Hawley-Stewart said, imitating Osmond. “She was always attentive and always wanted to make her teammates better.”