The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team and head coach Brian Orr have announced the addition of guard Caelyn Orlandi to the Warriors’ 2013 recruiting class.
Orlandi, currently a senior at Coeur d’Alene High School, will join Lapwai’s Natahnee Spencer and Megan Risinger of Tigard, Ore. as freshmen at LCSC in the fall.
“We are very excited to be able to add Caelyn’s name to next year’s roster,” Orr said. “As a team we needed to get more athletic and that’s the first thing you notice about her; she’s extremely fast and can really elevate off the dribble.”
Orlandi is a product of one of the state’s elite programs, as the Vikings and coach Dale Poffenroth didn’t finish lower than third in the state during Orlandi’s prep career, winning the state title in 2009-10.
Orlandi helped the Vikings to a berth in the Idaho 5A state championship game this season and was a second-team All-State selection. As a junior, she was an honorable mention All-State selection and an All-North Idaho pick.
In addition to her success at Coeur d’Alene, Orlandi played on the Spokane Stars AAU team that won a tournament championship in Seattle last summer.
Orlandi was also a three-time captain of Coeur d’Alene’s soccer team and a three-time state participant in track and field.
It is this athleticism and explosiveness that has Orr excited about her joining the Warrior program.
“Offensively, Caelyn brings an array of skills to the floor. She is a good ball handler who can get to the rim and finish, her pull-up jump shot is nearly impossible to defend and she has become a very effective three-point shooter,” he said. “We like the fact that she can play several positions, including point guard, but more importantly she can defend several positions. It’s her toughness and defensive ability that make her a special player.”
Orlandi was born in Chico, Calif. to Steven and Tamara Orlandi. She has a sister, Kennan, and enjoys scrapbooking, reading, sports and hanging out with friends in her spare time. She is considering a major in Pre-Med.
Orlandi received academic achievement awards in each of her four years at Coeur d’Alene and was a member of National Honor Society. She will graduate in the top five percent of her high school class.
“Caelyn has the full package,” Orr said. “She’s a talented athlete who is extremely competitive. She has the ability to make big plays on both ends of the floor, and she is an outstanding student as well. Today our team got better.”