Broncos Sign 6-4 Center Ja?Lara Walker To Women's Basketball National Letter Of Intent

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BOISE, Idaho (4/17/2006) - Gordy Presnell, Boise State’s head women’s basketball coach, announced this afternoon the addition of Ja’Lara (pronounced: huh-LAR-uh) Walker, a 6-4 center, out of Merced High School in Merced, California. She brings height, athleticism, and depth to the Broncos’ center position. Walker will join three year starter senior Michelle Hessing and junior Amanda Stewart as the team’s three centers next season.

“We’re excited to have Ja’Lara as a Bronco,” stated Presnell. “She has a huge up side for Boise State because of her length (height) and athleticism. Ja’Lara has the build and talent to make an impact on the program.”

"Ja'Lara has a huge upside," Merced coach John Bliss said. "She can be a great player on the collegiate level. She has a chance to accomplish a lot of things in college she wasn't able to accomplish at the high school level because of the injury."

Robb Spencer, Walker’s AAU coach, comments, “Ja’Lara is very agile for a big girl and runs the floor well. She is one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the area. She is very comfortable playing inside with her back to the basket.”

Walker is the third high school student-athlete to sign a national letter of intent with Boise State this year. She brings next year’s (2006-07) freshmen class to three, joining two other prep standouts in Bridgette Reyes, a 5-6 point guard out of Irvine, California (Woodbridge HS), and Kristen Zimel, a 6-1 power forward out of Oregon City, Oregon (Oregon City HS). Both signed early letters last November with the Broncos. The three play different positions and as a result add a wide array of athleticism and depth to a strong core group of nine veterans returning for coach Presnell’s second season.

Presnell just completed his first season in charge of the Broncos guiding his under manned squad to unexpected success and an appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Recruiting continues for Presnell, Boise State still has three scholarships available and may announce additional signings at a later date.



Walker’s Short Bio...
Ja’Lara Walker is currently a senior at Merced High School in California...a 6-4 center...three year member of the Lady Bears varsity team...team captain senior year...suffered a season ending injury early in her senior campaign...recovery is well underway and she is expected to be at full strength next fall...was a All-CIF academic first team honoree fall semester senior year...as a junior: Walker led the team in scoring averaging 17.8 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per game...she was named first team All-Central California Conference, all-area, and all-district...team went 19-8 overall and 12-3 in the CCC to place second in the league standings...named team most outstanding offensive player...as a sophomore: averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game...second team all-conference and all-district...the team went 13-13 overall and 6-7 in league action...also lettered in track and field, conference champion in shot put as a sophomore...high school basketball coach is John Bliss...played AAU club ball for the Modesto Magic...was named to the Oregon City West Coast Jamboree and Merced Lions all-tournament teams...club coach is Robb Spencer...other schools who recruited Walker were Kansas, Arkansas, and Hawaii.
BOISE, Idaho (4/17/2006) - Gordy Presnell, Boise State’s head women’s basketball coach, announced this afternoon the addition of Ja’Lara (pronounced: huh-LAR-uh) Walker, a 6-4 center, out of Merced High School in Merced, California. She brings height, athleticism, and depth to the Broncos’ center position. Walker will join three year starter senior Michelle Hessing and junior Amanda Stewart as the team’s three centers next season.

“We’re excited to have Ja’Lara as a Bronco,” stated Presnell. “She has a huge up side for Boise State because of her length (height) and athleticism. Ja’Lara has the build and talent to make an impact on the program.”

"Ja'Lara has a huge upside," Merced coach John Bliss said. "She can be a great player on the collegiate level. She has a chance to accomplish a lot of things in college she wasn't able to accomplish at the high school level because of the injury."

Robb Spencer, Walker’s AAU coach, comments, “Ja’Lara is very agile for a big girl and runs the floor well. She is one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in the area. She is very comfortable playing inside with her back to the basket.”

Walker is the third high school student-athlete to sign a national letter of intent with Boise State this year. She brings next year’s (2006-07) freshmen class to three, joining two other prep standouts in Bridgette Reyes, a 5-6 point guard out of Irvine, California (Woodbridge HS), and Kristen Zimel, a 6-1 power forward out of Oregon City, Oregon (Oregon City HS). Both signed early letters last November with the Broncos. The three play different positions and as a result add a wide array of athleticism and depth to a strong core group of nine veterans returning for coach Presnell’s second season.

Presnell just completed his first season in charge of the Broncos guiding his under manned squad to unexpected success and an appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Recruiting continues for Presnell, Boise State still has three scholarships available and may announce additional signings at a later date.



Walker’s Short Bio...
Ja’Lara Walker is currently a senior at Merced High School in California...a 6-4 center...three year member of the Lady Bears varsity team...team captain senior year...suffered a season ending injury early in her senior campaign...recovery is well underway and she is expected to be at full strength next fall...was a All-CIF academic first team honoree fall semester senior year...as a junior: Walker led the team in scoring averaging 17.8 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per game...she was named first team All-Central California Conference, all-area, and all-district...team went 19-8 overall and 12-3 in the CCC to place second in the league standings...named team most outstanding offensive player...as a sophomore: averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game...second team all-conference and all-district...the team went 13-13 overall and 6-7 in league action...also lettered in track and field, conference champion in shot put as a sophomore...high school basketball coach is John Bliss...played AAU club ball for the Modesto Magic...was named to the Oregon City West Coast Jamboree and Merced Lions all-tournament teams...club coach is Robb Spencer...other schools who recruited Walker were Kansas, Arkansas, and Hawaii.