Presque Isle, ME - UMPI Head Women's Basketball Coach Gavin Kane is pleased to announce that Lauren Magno, a Senior from Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine has verbally committed to play college basketball at The University of Maine at Presque Isle in the Fall of 2021.
"We are very excited to have Lauren become a part of our University and our Women's Basketball Program," stated Coach Kane. "Lauren has a very good skill set: she has pretty deep 3 point shooting range, she handles the ball well, is unselfish and has excellent instincts for seeing the open teammate and using her passing ability. She also has the ability as a guard to post up her defender. I believe with a solid work ethic to go along with her knowledge and feel for the game, that Lauren can have an outstanding college basketball career."
Magno is planning on Majoring in Physical Education following in the footsteps of her High School Coach Julie (Wescott) Petrie who is currently a PE Teacher and a (2008) graduate of UMPI.
"I am thrilled that Lauren has chosen to continue her basketball career at UMPI," said High School Coach Julie Petrie. "A strong student and a skilled player who will continue to learn and grow at the next level. Lauren brings a strong skill set, knowledge of the game, as well as versatility. She has a beautiful outside shot, but the ability to handle the ball, see the floor and post up down low makes her a difficult matchup for many. With her knowledge and passion for the game she will only continue to improve and I can't wait to see what she can accomplish at the next level."
"What drew my interest in UMPI was having lots of family friends that went to college there, including my high school basketball coach. I have heard lots of positive words from them about UMPI and their own experiences. What also drew me to UMPI and their basketball program especially, was that the coaching staff was very communicative, attentive, and caring," said Magno. "I look forward to continuing my basketball career and improving in any way that I can. I look forward to being pushed as a player and being able to gain that confidence in myself to know I can play at the next level. I also look forward to learning new life lessons on and off the court at UMPI. I hope to bring a high IQ for the game of basketball to the college level at UMPI. I will bring confidence, court awareness, passing ability, and the three point shot to the UMPI team. I will bring my hard-working, dedicated and determined mindset and attitude every day."