Women's Basketball signs nationally-ranked quartet of Texans to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 17, 2010
The class is ranked No. 7 by The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and tied for eighth nationally by ESPNU HoopGurlz.
"This class fills so many of our needs, and we're very excited to welcome them to our Texas family," head coach Gail Goestenkors said. "They have great depth and versatility. This is a class that loves to run and press, and that will continue to allow us to push the ball in transition and be an aggressive team. They are very talented players, not to mention excellent students."
Enemkpali (6-1), a forward from Pflugerville HS (Pflugerville, Texas) and coached by former Longhorn Nancy Walling, is the No. 32 ranked prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 for the 2011 class and 12th-ranked positional player by the service. She averaged double-double figures during her junior campaign as a Panther with 12.4 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. In addition to being a standout on the hardwood, Enemkpali has also earned recognition for her talents on the volleyball court. Enemkpali's club team is the TeamXpress Black, coached by former Longhorn Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil.
"Nneka is a power forward that also received a volleyball scholarship offer, and that speaks to her overall talent and athleticism. She's a quick jumper who can jump out of the gym. Nneka also runs like a gazelle, and she's going to fit very well in our running style," Goestenkors said.
Major (6-1), a forward from Huntsville HS (Huntsville, Texas), is the 19th-ranked positional player in the nation by ESPN's HoopGurlz and listed No. 69 overall by the same service. She has received numerous all-district and all-region honors while guiding the Lady Hornets to three straight playoffs. One of the top players in District 18-4A, Major was named to the 2010-11 Houston Chronicle Preseason All-Greater Houston Second Team. Major's club team is the KC Select.
"Ronisha has great versatility. She's similar to Earnesia Williams in that she can play both inside and outside. She has a really good three-point shot for a post player, and that will help stretch defense. `Ro' will help alleviate the loss of Kathleen Nash. She's a tremendous rebounder, and her versatility will allow us to have some different looks," Goestenkors said.
Peoples (5-6), a guard from Cy-Fair HS (Houston, Texas), led the Bobcats to a Class 5A state championship last season. The seventh-ranked positional player and listed No. 36 nationally by ESPN HoopGurlz, Peoples averaged 14.9 points and more than three steals per game during her junior year and en route to earning UIL All-State First Team honors. The 2010-11 Houston Chronicle Preseason All-Greater Houston First Team honoree is also a member of the 2010 U18 USA Basketball National Team. Peoples' club team is the Cy-Fair Shock.
"Cassie has been committed to us for so long, and it's nice to finally have her paperwork signed off on and official. She can play either guard spot and has tremendous court vision. Cassie also has a beautiful shot that will stretch defenses, and she loves the running-pressing style that we're becoming accustomed to," Goestenkors said.
Sanders (5-11) averaged 20.6 points per game as a junior, which was the second among Texas 4A players. She also contributed 3.9 assists per game. Sanders will play for Godfrey HS this season after previously playing three years of varsity basketball at Joshua HS. Sanders' club team is the North Texas Shockers.
"Brady is a tough-nosed kid that is very passionate and emotional on the court and also has a tremendous three-point shot. She does all of the little things that sometimes go unnoticed, but she's someone that I'd consider a `glue person.' She'll lead the team in floor burns and provide us a great spark and energy," Goestenkors said.