Press releases are coming fast and furious from school’s about signing day.
This is what I’ve received from Arizona State. Will post them as we go.
Per the ASU Athletic Department:
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University head women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced that Karina Alofaituli, Promise Amukamara, Jada Blackwell and Eliza Normen have signed national letters of intent to study and play basketball at ASU.
Turner Thorne’s signing class combines exceptional talent with tremendous skill and athleticism to go along with high-quality character both on and off the court and in the classroom.
“Having the majority of our team as upperclassmen now, we really felt the need to sign an impact class that would be talented and tough enough to step in and continue our Sun Devil winning tradition,” Turner Thorne said. “These four young ladies are ‘stars’ at their respected high schools and will truly complement each other. We love that they are all four very strong ‘students’ as well as athletes.”
Ranked as high as No. 26 by HoopGurlz, Alofaituli is a six-foot forward, who is coming off a season in which she averaged 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Alofaituli’s accolades include being named 2008-09 First-Team All-CIF Southern Section Division IIAA, 2008-09 All-Marmonte League and being named to the 2008-09 Daily News All-Area Preseason Team. She was the only girl from the state of California to be invited to play for the Candace Parker Aces, an adidas Grassroots Global Travel Team that toured Japan. In addition, Alofaituli played with “Team Taurasi” during her development as a player and will finish her high school career with California’s Mater Dei High School, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.
“Karina, or Kiki as we call her, will remind a lot of our longtime fans of star forward Cian Carvalho,” Turner Thorne said. “She plays with amazing passion and intensity. She has a beautiful jump shot and plays like she is six-foot-three around the basket. Her relentless, aggressive style truly epitomizes “Sun Devil” basketball. We are thrilled that Kiki is playing for the No. 1 girls’ high school team in the country, Mater Dei, which will afford her great preparation and great coaching leading into her Sun Devil career.”
A five-foot-eight guard and local standout from Glendale, Amukamara averaged 22 points last season in helping guide her Apollo High School squad to the class 4A state final for the first time in more than 30 years. Her team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman, sophomore of the Year and a member of the All-4A Division I First Team last season, Amukamara was recently named the 2010 Arizona Fall Prep MVP. She has also been named her school’s Athlete of the Year twice and was the Region Athlete of the Year for Track and Field in 2009 as she competed in the 100m, 200m, and 4 x 1 and 4 x 4 State Champions 2009.
“Promise was a standout player right under our nose who I will confess we almost missed out on,” Turner Thorne explained. “Fortunately when her game really exploded this summer we were right there to watch her dominate opponents with her speed and aggressiveness on defense as well as her skill and versatility on offense. To borrow a clich