It was a big day for East Brunswick athletics.
Wednesday was National Signing Day, and three East Brunswick High School seniors signed letters of intent to play in college.
Natasha Ntone Kouo (soccer) agreed to attend the University of Maryland, Julia Wescott (soccer) agreed to attend Lafayette College, and Rob Ukawuba (basketball) agreed to play at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
A four-year varsity starter, Ukawuba has scored more than 1,000 points during his high school career and helped lead the team to two division championships.
His teammates said the forward was not only a great teammate and athlete, but always had a smile on his face.
He said he had several reasons for choosing NJIT.
“My parents like it because of its academics, and the program is up and coming, and I think it’s a good idea to be a part of that.”
Kouo is a four-year starter who scored 61 goals while playing forward for the Bears. A two-time player of the year, she was a four time all GMC player, and was part of the team’s four division titles and three conference titles.
“She is as naturally a talented player as I’ve ever had during the seven years I’ve coached in East Brunswick,” said coach Kevin Brady. “She’s the one player that, if you are watching, stands out the most. You are transfixed by what she can do.”
Kouo said Maryland was her first choice and that she plans to attend the school’s honors program.
“I’m real excited,” she said. “It was one of the first schools I visited. They have a great soccer program and a great academic program.”
Wescott is a three-year starter who played center defense. She was an all-conference player and an all-division player while helping to lead the team to four division titles and three conference titles. She helped lead the defense to 14 shut outs in 21 games this season.
“In the seven years I’ve been here, she is the best communicator I’ve ever had in the backfield,” said Coach Brady. “She organizes the back line and her leadership skills are on display from even before the game starts. She’s a true leader.”
Wescott said it was the atmosphere that initially drew her to Lafayette.
“The coaching staff was wonderful and made me feel comfortable even before deciding,” she said. It’s a great atmosphere.”