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Erika Joseph & D'jhai Patterson-Ricks join Canisius women’s basketball roster


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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canisius head women's basketball coach Scott Hemer announced Wednesday that Erika Joseph and D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks will join the Blue and Gold for the 2018-19 season.
Erika Joseph | 5-8 | G | Toronto, Ontario | J. Addison School
  • Averaged 14 points and 5 assists in 2017-18.
  • Joseph was named 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, SIAA Second Team All-State in Florida.
  • In the classroom, Erika was an honor student and valedictorian of her class.
  • Has five siblings, two of which play basketball professionally.
D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks | 5-5 | G | Fayetteville, N.Y. | Tyler Junior College
  • Averaged 17.5 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds as a member of the Apache.
  • Patterson-Ricks made 44 percent of her shots from behind the 3-pt. line, leading the NJCAA in the category.
  • Graduated from Tyler Junior College magna cum laude, and was named NJCAA Third Team All-Academic.
  • Daughter of Tami Patterson and Dale Ricks
Hemer on Joseph and Patterson-Ricks: "We were looking for players that would come in and compete and help us work to build a culture of competitiveness and an expectation to win.  We think both of the players had the right mindset and personality that we were looking for.  What excites us about D'Jhai is her ability to play the both the point guard and wing position, her athleticism, her ability to shoot from deep range and her versatility.  Erika is a bright and intelligent young lady both on and off the court, her length and athleticism makes her a huge threat."
Hemer enters his first season as the head women's basketball coach after spending the last 11 seasons at SUNY Geneseo. During his tenure at Geneseo he led the Knights to five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

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