WBB: Syracuse Signs Dutch Guard, Isabella Slim, to Class of 2013

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Amsterdam native and 5-foot-11 guard Isabella Slim signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Syracuse freshman class. For Slim, a member of several Dutch national teams, wearing Orange does not come new to her.

5-foot-11 Dutch guard Isabella Slim became the fifth member of Syracuse's 2013 incoming class, coach Quentin Hillsman announced on Monday. Slim, a native of Amsterdam, is on the Dutch U18 and U19 national teams and played for the U17 team back in 2012.

"Isabella is a tremendous shooter that can play three positions for us," Hillsman said though a press release. "She will give us the ability to stretch opponents' defenses, to run and make 3-pointers in transition, and she can guard up the floor."

Hillsman was an assistant coach for Netherlands in the 2012 U18 European Championships.

"Isabella has international experience playing at a high level against talented players," Hillsman said. "I believe she will make an immediate impact for our team as a versatile perimeter player as we enter the ACC."

In that tournament, Slim averaged 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds and her team finished fourth. She posted similar numbers in eight games for the Netherlands U17 National Team at the World Championships in 2012.

Since 2010, Slim has played club basketball for CTO Amsterdam. Last season, she scored 12.7 points per game on 46 percent shooting. She is not the first Dutch player, or even the first CTO Amsterdam player, that Hillsman recruited. Senior forward Karen van den Nieuwendijk came to SU in 2011, but has not played in any games.

Despite growing up in Amsterdam, Slim dreamed of coming to the U.S. to play college basketball since the age of nine, according to an article on Fibaeurope.com

Slim joins 6-foot-1 guard Tasia Butler, 6-foot-4 twin sisters Bria and Briana Day, and 5-foot-6 guard Alexis Peterson in the incoming class. Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked the class No. 10 overall, not including Monday's addition.

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