Nov. 14, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's basketball Head Coach June Daugherty announced her inaugural recruiting class Wednesday, signing seven players to National Letters of Intent. Five of the signees are high school All-Americans and five are ranked by various publications.
"This is a great recruiting class! I can not say enough about how much I appreciate how hard my coaching staff worked to evaluate and attract these elite level student-athletes to WSU," Daugherty said. "The enthusiasm that our current players, administrators and athletic staff provided throughout the recruiting process was a huge reason for our highly successful signing this year."
The first player to commit to the 2008 class as a junior in high school, Katie Grad, is a 5-foot-8 guard from Auburn, Wash. (Auburn-Riverside HS). Grad was a 2007 The Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American, and the magazine also ranked her high school team, coached by Adam Barrett, as one of the top 20 teams in the country to watch. Grad also plays for Barrett's club team Auburn Riverside.
"Katie is a talented and complete player that will provide strong and aggressive play at both ends of the court," Daugherty said. "She has the will and talent to defend every guard position on the floor and welcomes the challenge. She is a dedicated multi-sport athlete that has a great work ethic. She is a born leader that will not be outworked, and her experience winning the Washington state title in basketball at Auburn-Riverside will be a big asset to our program."
Jessica Oestreicher, a 6-8 center out of Liberty Christian High School in Redding, Calif., is rated as the No. 25 player in the country by bballx.com. WSU's tallest recruit in school history was a 2007 The Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American playing for head coach Shawn Flaherty. Rated as a three-star recruit by both scout.com and hoopgurlz.com, Oestreicher also plays for Ron Adams' Spokane Stars club team. As a sophomore Oestreicher was named a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American and was an adidas Top Ten Camp participant.
"Jessica is an extremely skilled shooter that will give us huge firepower in the pivot position," Daugherty said. "She possesses an amazing shooting touch and has the ability and size to single-handedly change the game. She is also an intelligent young lady that is blessed with size and a strong skill set."
April Cook, a 5-8 guard from Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS), is rated as the No. 84 player in the country and given four stars by hoopgurlz.com. Dan Olson's Girls Basketball Report also ranks Cook as one of the top 300 players in the country. Head coach Carl Buggs' Long Beach Poly is the No. 1 high school team in the country. Cook also played with head coach Elbert Kinnebrew's club team Cal Sparks.
"April is an explosive, athletic guard with a full basketball tool box of skills," Daugherty said. "She is a confident and talented shooting guard from the best high school team in the country. A powerful defender that will stop opponents with her athleticism and defensive `shut-down' mentality, she is an incredibly gifted athlete and basketball player."
Danielle Lenoir, a 5-6 point guard, played for head coach Victoria Sanders' Narbonne High School in Los Angeles, winning the city championship in both 2004-05 and 2005-06. A 2007 The Sporting News Honorable Mention All-America selection and one of Dan Olson's Girls Basketball Report's top 300 players, Lenoir also plays club ball for head coach James Anderson's OGDL. Lenoir was also ranked a two-star recruit by scout.com.
"Danielle is a dynamic, versatile and very talented guard that plays beyond her years," Daugherty said. "She has a great feel and understanding for the game. A bright playmaker who sets her teammates up and can score with ease, she has the `pit bull' mentality on defense and will enjoy the challenge of defending against the talent-laden Pac-10 Conference opponents."
Spokane product Lexie Pettersen joins the Cougar ranks after playing high school ball for Shadle Park and head coach Chad Dezellum. Pettersen, a 6-1 forward, also plays for Ron Adams' Spokane Stars and was a 2007 The Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American.
"Lexie is a strong, athletic forward with toughness in her game," Daugherty said. "Her ability to play numerous positions will make her a valuable threat on the court in several ways. She is an intense player that works hard each and every possession to get it done for her team, and an accomplished multi-sport competitor that has great passion and competitive fire."
A native of Philadelphia, 6-1 guard/forward Rosie Tarnowski is rated a three-star recruit by both scout.com and hoopgurlz.com. Tarnowski plays for Archbishop High School and Bill McDonough's Runnin Rebels. Tarnowski is also rated among the top 300 players by All Star Girls Report.
"Rosie is a highly talented, athletic forward that possesses a big-time basketball IQ," Daugherty said. "She will bring valuable championship experience after winning the National AAU basketball title in 2006. Rosie is a big, multi-skilled and accomplished player, and will be a huge asset to the Cougars."
Rounding out the future Cougar contingent is 5-10 guard Jazmine Perkins. A Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American in both 2005 and 2006, Perkins is rated as the No. 112 player in the country by All Star Girls Report. The Berkeley, Calif. (Berkeley HS) product played high school ball for head coach Cheryl Draper and club ball for Rod Woodson's Bay Area Warriors. Perkins was also rated as one of the top 150 players in the country by Dan Olson's Girls Basketball Report.
"Jazmine is an elite level guard that is a flat out big-time scorer," Daugherty said. "She brings the complete and entire package when you look at her high level of play on offense and defense. Jazmine is a proven, talented player we will count on to provide a big scoring punch with her outstanding play. We will look forward to utilizing her ability at both the two and three guard positions.
"As a coaching staff at WSU, we are all very proud and excited to be able to have these talented young student-athletes join our Cougar basketball family, as they are all great people of strong character."