April 14, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Jordan McCormick, a 5-foot-10 guard from El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, Calif., and Dani Montgomery, a 5-foot-11 guard from Crater High School in Medford, Ore., have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Washington State women's basketball team next fall, head coach Sherri Murrell announced, Wednesday.
McCormick and Montgomery join early period signee Sabrina Shired (6-foot-5 center, Petaluma, Calif.) as part of the Cougars' 2004-05 freshmen class. Additionally, Murrell expects to ink two additional commitments during the spring signing period (April 14-May 15).
"Jordan is going to provide us with size, strength and athleticism on the wing," Murrell said.
"Dani is a versatile player whom we are very excited about," Murrell continued. "She is the kind of athlete who can step up for the team and provide a punch as a scorer, rebounder or defender when asked."
Playing for coach Ron Williams at El Cerrito, McCormick averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for a team that went 22-9 in her senior season. McCormick, who was the second leading scorer in the Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League this past season, was a two-time all-league first team selection. In addition, she participated in two senior all-star games in the Northern California region.
"Jordan is a great kid with a tremendous upside," Williams said. "WSU will get an opportunity to tap into everything she is capable of."
"I think her physical style of play will fit well in what we do and in the Pacific-10 Conference," Murrell said of McCormick. "Playing her high school ball in the Bay Area of Northern California, she has competed with some of the toughest competition on the West Coast."
Under Crater coach Scott Dipple's tutelage, Montgomery, who was named second team All-State, led her team to the Southern Oregon Conference championship and was named the league's player of the year in her senior season. Montgomery averaged 14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals for the Comets, who won the SOC with a 13-1 record and a 19-7 overall mark.
Montgomery posted the first triple-double in school history -- and the first in 22 years in Oregon 4A competition -- Feb. 10 against North Medford when she tallied 13 points, 11 boards and 10 assists. In addition, Montgomery was a 2004 McDonald's All-American nominee and she participated in the Northwest Shootout, an annual game featuring Oregon and Washington all-stars.
"Every time Dani touches the ball something exciting is going to happen," Dipple said. "One thing Cougar fans will notice off the bat is her tenacity. She is one of the most competitive kids I have ever been around."
"Having had to play some post in high school, I think some people are going to be surprised at all that Dani can do on the floor," Murrell said. "Coming from a tradition rich program like Crater we know how well prepared she is to make the transition to Division I basketball."