PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State head women’s basketball coach June Daugherty announced that four future Cougar student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program as freshmen next season.
Joining the Cougars in the fall of 2014 are 6-2 guard Ashley Bolston (Medford, Ore.), 5-9 guard Caila Hailey (Inglewood, Calif.), 6-3 forward Nike McClure (Tenino, Wash.) and 5-8 point guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (Athens, Greece). This year’s class received honorable mention from Blue Star Basketball as one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
“This extremely athletic and talented class is a remarkable blend of highly skilled and versatile players. Equally important in our selection process is that each of these players joining our Cougar Basketball family are of the highest level of character and class,” Daugherty stated. “We are very proud to welcome such an outstanding group of talented student-athletes to Washington State University.”
Ashley Bolston (Far Left)
6-2 • Guard • Medford, Ore. • South Medford High School
As a sophomore, helped South Medford to a 30-0 record and a state championship, the first big-high school team to go undefeated in Oregon high school history. Bolston was named to the All-Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference second team after averaging 12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.0 apg and 3.0 spg. As a junior, helped South Medford to a second place finish in the Oregon state playoffs and was named Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference Player of the Year and to the 6A All-State first team after averaging 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 5.0 spg and 2.0 bpg. As a senior, named a McDonald’s All-American nominee, rated three stars by ESPN.com and ranked the No. 106 overall prospect in the country by girlsbasketballreport.com.
“I feel that the coaching staff, players and the community were the best fit and provide the best opportunity for me,” Bolston said.
Caila Hailey (Far Right)
5-9 • Guard • Inglewood, Calif. • Serra High School
As a sophomore, Hailey earned All-Del Rey League Second Team honors and a spot on the Los Angeles Daily News’ All-Area Second Team after averaging 8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 2.2 apg. As a junior, helped SHS to its first CIF State Title and averaged 11.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.2 spg. Hailey earned First-Team All-Del Rey League, First-Team All-CIF honors and a spot on the Los Angeles Daily News’ All-Area First Team. She helped co-Del Rey League champ Serra make its fifth straight CIF finals appearance. She is rated three stars and the No. 18 guard prospect in the country by ESPN.com.
“I chose WSU definitely because of the coaching staff. I instantly connected with the coaches. Their style of play fits me perfectly,” Hailey said. “I also created a bond with the girls such as Lia, Tia and Mariah. WSU also has one of the top communications programs in the country which is what I am going to be majoring in. So it all works out perfectly.”
Nike McClure (Middle Left)
6-3 • Forward • Tenino, Wash. • W.F. West High School
As a freshman, McClure was named All-Conference honorable mention and also ran track, placing fifth in the state in 800m and sixth in state in the high jump. As a sophomore, she was named to the All-Conference first team. As a junior, McClure earned a spot on the Adidas All-America Team. She is rated three stars and the No. 22 forward prospect in the country by ESPN.com.
"I chose WSU, because the team is unlike any other. The girls are not only friends, but family!” McClure said. “The coaching staff is absolutely phenomenal, and you can tell they're doing what they love. The support the girls receive from the coaches and community is extremely rare. I just felt right at home there!”
Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (Middle Right)
5-8 • Point Guard • Athens, Greece • American Community School of Athens
Pavlopoulou was named her high school’s most valuable player as a sophomore and junior after posting team-highs in points, assists and steals both seasons. Pavlopoulou also played for the Proteas Voula club team, helping them to an undefeated season and a Greek Cup championship last season and is currently competing in the Greece’s top division of club basketball. She has been selected to play for the U16, U18 and U20 Greek National Teams, starting at point guard for the U16 and U18 teams and playing in four Division A tournaments.
For the U16 team, she averaged team-highs for 9.4 ppg, 2.6 apg and 1.9 spg, also earning MVP honors of a U16 national tournament. As the starting point guard for the U19 team in 2012-13, Pavlopoulou helped them to a first place finish in the North Attica Conference, a third-place finish in the National/Pan-Hellenic Championships and once recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
“My trip to Washington State is an experience I will never forget. I attempted to imagine myself living there; it felt just like home. I am looking forward to exploring my interests in science and I know that a degree from WSU will provide me with unique opportunities for my future,” Pavlopoulou said. “Watching the Cougs practice on the court was enough for me to visualize myself in crimson and gray. I can’t wait to play with my future teammates and friends. I am certain that my WSU family is going to make my adjustment even more simple, fruitful and enjoyable.”