May 4, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -Washington State's women's basketball program added two players as Nakejia Kelly and Alexa Price signed National Letters of Intent, head coach Sherri Murrell announced Thursday.
"I'm excited to have such high caliber players join us here at Washington State," Murrell said. "Nakejia and Alexa are both dedicated and hard working individuals."
Kelly, a three-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American, comes to WSU after her final prep season at Notre Dame Academy in New York where she averaged 16 points and six assists per game under head coach John McGraw. Kelly posted eight games of 20 points or more and knocked down nine treys in one game as she earned a 2006 McDonald's All-American Top 100 nomination.
"Instantly, Nakejia brings quickness and athleticism to our team," Murrell added. "She is a gifted athlete and a special leader."
Kelly spent three seasons at Christ the King High School under coach Bob Mackey where she helped lead the Lions to the 2005 USA Today High School National Championship in her senior season. The two-time second team All-New York point guard was also ranked as the No. 75 player in the country by the Blue Star Index that season.
"Washington State can expect that they have a kid who is an explosive, quick athlete," McGraw said. "She can get to the basket and finish, or hit the open jumper. She's a great scoring presence and with so many winning experiences, she's got the background of a champion."
Price joins the Cougars after a stellar senior season at Los Angeles High School where she averaged 28.8 points and led the city in scoring. The 2005-06 California Northern League co-MVP earned first team all-city honors and was named the Romans' most valuable player.
"Alexa makes everyone around her better," said Murrell. "She is a major scoring threat from deep range and she can create and finish off the dribble."
Price began her prep career at Culver City High School, earning first team all-league accolades and league MVP honors in her sophomore year. Price averaged 22.2 points and set a school record for most 3-pointers in a game with 10, a mark she achieved in three games that season.
"Alexa is dedicated to the game of basketball," said Los Angeles High Assistant Coach Greg Ferguson. "She loves competition and welcomes new challenges. She is a great kid and a team player and I know she will lead at Washington State just as well as she did at LSHS. She is definitely ready for Pac-10 basketball."
Kelly chose WSU over UCLA, Georgia Tech and St. John's while Price considered UCLA and Fresno State before committing to the Cougars. Their addition brings the 2006-07 recruiting class to six, as they join fall signees Colleen Betteridge of Seattle, Jackie Hill (Aurora, Colo.), Shanice Brown (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Marisa Stotler (Chandler, Ariz.).