One of the Capital Region’s top high school girls’ basketball players, and one of its most explosive scorers, has made a verbal commitment to the Siena College women’s basketball program.
Valencia Fontenelle-Posson, who averaged 24 points per game last season as a junior at Guilderland High School, announced with a social-media post Tuesday that she’ll play her college basketball in Loudonville.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play at home,” Fontenelle-Posson said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I was drawn to the decision to play close to home, and for my community and my family.”
Fontenelle-Posson, a wing player, still has one more high school season to play, but already is the Guilderland program’s single-game, single-season and career scoring leader. A varsity player since the eighth grade, the 5-foot-10 Fontenelle-Posson has scored 1,530 career points and registered a career-high 39 points in a playoff win.
“She’s tenacious,” Guilderland coach Chuck Mack said earlier this year of Fontenelle-Posson. “It’s the only word to describe her. No team we played could stop her.”
A first-team All-Gazette selection as a junior, Fontenelle-Posson was a seventh-team all-state selection along with Albany High School senior Ahniysha Jackson who will join head coach Ali Jaques’ program at Siena for next season. Fontenelle-Posson said she first met Jackson years ago at a Siena basketball camp, and that’s also how the Guilderland star first met Jaques.
Fontenelle-Posson said she didn’t make a formal visit to Siena, but laughed as she described herself as “very aware” of the campus she will head to for the 2021-22 academic year.
“This felt right,” Fontenelle-Posson said.
Fontenelle-Posson said she finalized her decision to attend Siena on Monday, the same day that another Section II standout committed to join one of the Capital Region’s Division I women’s basketball programs. Cambridge junior Lilly Phillips committed Monday to the UAlbany women’s basketball program, which is coached by Colleen Mullen.
A 16-year-old, Fontenelle-Posson said she’ll study business and chemistry at Siena, and wants to eventually become a dentist. She has played AAU basketball for the last several years for the City Rocks, and said the decision to commit to the Saints was one she made with great confidence and excitement.
“I prayed about it a lot and I got the right decision,” Fontenelle-Posson said. “I’m very blessed to go to this school.”