Nov. 10, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Women's Basketball Head Coach June Daugherty announced the signing of three individuals to National Letters of Intent, Wednesday (Nov. 10).
Jordan Kelley (Gillette, Wyo.), Shalie Dheensaw (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), and Tia Presley (Spokane, Wash.) each signed NLIs to play for the Cougars beginning in 2011-12.
"The recruiting class of 2011 is a dynamic group of three highly talented student-athletes," Daugherty said. "The WSU basketball staff is proud to add two multi-skilled guards in both Jordan Kelley and Tia Presley, and Shalie Dheensaw rounds out the class as a front line force that will be difficult for opponents to deal with."
Playing for Campbell County High School in Gillette, Kelley was named the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Wyoming and the 2010 4A Player of the Year in the state as well. That season, Kelley led the state in scoring at 25 points a game. She ranks in the top five in the state in assists (four per game) and rebounds (eight per game) for the past two season and her 713 points, 218 field goals, and 247 free throws established Campbell County High School records.
Presley is the all-time leading scorer at Gonzaga Prep with 1,197 points. She led the GSL in scoring in both her sophomore and junior years and has a career scoring average of 19.2 points a game, including averaging nearly 24 points a game last year. She is on track to surpass current Tennessee standout player Angie Bjorklund (University HS) as the all-time GSL leading scorer.
"Tia and Jordan bring numerous strengths as student-athletes to the WSU basketball family," Daugherty said. "They both come from highly successful high school and elite AAU basketball programs nationally and their ability to create scoring opportunities for their teammates is outstanding. Both have extremely talented skill packages to take over games with a variety of offensive weaponry. They will be great additions to the perimeter play of the Cougs.
"Jordan exhibits leadership way beyond her years on and off the court and she is truly a special leader that her teammates love to play with," Daugherty added. "Tia is a talented player that is poised to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Greater Spokane League."
Playing for Claremont Secondary High School, Dheensaw was a league leader in rebounds and a top 10 league scorer in her freshman, sophomore and junior years. During her junior season she tallied personal game highs for points (43) and rebounds (25) and also recorded a pair of triple-doubles. Last summer, she started for the Canadian U17 National Team in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship in France.
"Shalie's outstanding talent, speed and athleticism in the pivot should cause opponents a good deal of problems on both ends of the court," Daugherty said. "Shalie is very passionate about basketball and a strong student of the game. She is a die hard worker with dedication to become the absolute best player.
"To have the opportunity to represent her country in the FIBA World Basketball Championships as a 16-year-old this summer gave Shalie valuable international playing experience at the highest level at both the forward and center positions," Daugherty added. "Her ability to play center and forward in our up tempo system will be a huge asset for the WSU front line."
"I have played basketball since I was 8 years old, worked hard, met life-long friends and now really feel like I am starting a new chapter with Washington State! Throughout the recruiting process I felt somewhat anxious and nervous; always worried about making the right decision. I was told by many `Don't worry you will just know!' I really didn't believe or understand that statement until I went to visit the team and campus at Washington State University. It just felt right. From the moment we were warmly greeted by June Daugherty at the Pullman airport after midnight the first night; right to the last day and early morning departure a couple days later!
"Washington State felt like a home away from home. It was a feeling of one big family. The girls were great people, players, and hosts. The coaching staff was amazing always positive and seemed to know me very well. June, Mike (Daugherty) and Brian (Holsinger) have been supportive and professional since the start of the recruiting process and always portrayed such an obvious desire to see me succeed. It just seemed I could not find a negative quality if I tried, and the gorgeous campus was just a bonus. I am excited to finish out my senior year in high school in Canada and can hardly contain myself when I think about the future as a COUG!"
"If I had to choose one word on `Why I Chose to be a Cougar,' I would say FAMILY. The great thing about WSU indicates that not only do you have a family at home but you also have 100 miles away! Looking at the team and coaches, it's a unit that I feel happy to be a part of. The coaches are very intelligent, intense, and successful; that's the exact program I would like to be challenged by. The team is awesome and all the girls are very fun! They're very talented, competitive, and I'm surrounding myself with a hard-working group of girls. Not only does the team provide a massive amount of support, but the community does as well. The atmosphere in Pullman is crazy; it's an awesome feeling and it's so remarkable to see the whole town involved. WSU also offers the classes I need to carry on my education after basketball. Everything about WSU impressed me and I am so excited to take on my new journey with my new WSU family!"