Presnell Signs Spain's Galeron to NLI
April 12, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's Gordy Presnell, head women's basketball coach, announced today the signing of Sofia Galerón to a National Letter of Intent for the fall of 2017. Galerón, a 6-foot-2 forward/wing (3-guard), has been a member of Spain's junior national team program for several years. She started for Spain's U17 team at the 2016 FIBA World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain, where she helped the team to a sixth-place finish and was named the team MVP.

"Sofia plays at the national team level and is a terrific athlete," said Presnell. "She's long, she can score the ball and we are really excited about what she can do overall. She has a tremendous upside to her game overall and I truly believe she could make an immediate impact on this program the day she gets to campus."

Galerón is the third student-athlete from Spain to sign with the Broncos in the last five years joining current senior Yaiza Rodriguez and Marta Hermida, a sophomore on this year's team. Galerón's addition brings Boise State's recruiting class up to three for next fall joining Tess Amundsen (Fresno, Calif.) and Hailey Vice-Neat (Santa Clara, Calif.).

Galerón is a native of Burgos, Spain, north of Madrid, but has been attending school in Barcelona where she plays for the same club team that Rodriguez did, Siglo XXI. The club plays in Spain's second division for women.

Her national team experience is impressive where she has been an impact player and starter for both of Spain's 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship and 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship teams. The Spaniards took fourth at the 2015 European Championship and placed sixth at the 2016 World Championship.

In nine games at the 2015 Euros, Galerón ranked second on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game and led in rebounding averaging 6.0 per game, tied for 17th overall at the tournament. She shot 51.5 percent (35-68) from the floor and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line. She had 79 points, 59 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and 11 steals in 26 minutes per game.

In seven contests at the 2016 FIBA World Championship, Galerón led Spain in scoring at 13.0 points per game and in rebounding at 8.0 boards per game, that ranked seventh and 12th overall, respectively. She shot a team-high 52.2 percent (35-67) from the floor to rank second overall at the tournament. Galerón also shot 46.2 percent (6-13) from 3-point range and 62.5 percent (15-24) from the free-throw line. She tallied a total of 91 points, 56 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and six steals in 26.4 minutes per game. All five starters on the team have signed with American NCAA Division I programs, in addition to Boise State they are going to Oregon, Minnesota and South Florida (2).

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