Women's Basketball Signs Four To National Letters of Intent
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State’s women’s basketball head coach Gordy Presnell announced the signing of one junior college transfer and three high school standouts to National Letters of Intent. Cinnamon Lister, Janelle Kearney and Diana Lee will join the team as freshmen next year while Kati Isham will join as a transfer from Walla Walla Community College.
The recruiting class contains three guards and one forward as the Broncos will lose two guards in Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen next year as well as forward Rebecca Kepilino. The class includes two McDonald’s All-American nominees and a point guard that is among the best recruits in Canada.
“I am very excited to add these young women to our program,” said Presnell. “They are a terrific group of student-athletes who are extremely talented in the classroom as well as on the court. They are not only great student-athletes, but great people.”
Isham, a native of Howe, Idaho, will return to her home state after spending the last two years at Walla Walla Community College in the state of Washington. Last season, the guard led her team to a fourth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament and a 24-8 overall record. She ranked second in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges with 22.8 points per game and was named the East League MVP. While at Butte High School, Isham was named the 2A Idaho State Player of Year for both her junior and senior seasons and was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee her senior year.
“Kati is a former Idaho State Player of the Year. She is a tremendous shooter from the perimeter,” said Presnell. “She has as quick of a release as anyone I've ever seen. She can really shoot it! We will welcome her back to Idaho and we're glad she is joining the Broncos!”
Lister is a McDonald’s All-American nominee as she enters her senior season at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. She is ranked the 44th best prep point guard in the nation by Hoopgurlz.com. The point guard/shooting guard was named to the All-Big 8 League first team for both her sophomore and junior season as well as being voted the defensive MVP of her team. The Sharks have won 20 games or more in all three seasons of Lister’s prep career, including back-to-back undefeated league seasons. As a junior, Lister averaged 11.7 points and 3.4 assists per game, which are both career-highs for the high school standout.
“Cinnamon has had an extremely successful academic career,” said Presnell. “On the court, she can defend with the best of them and doesn't give them an inch! She is quick, athletic and skilled. Cinnamon’s toughness and competitive edge will fit perfectly in what we are trying to do here!”
Kearney, the only forward from her recruiting class, enjoyed her best season at Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Cailf. last year when she averaged a double-double. As a junior, she averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game to lead her team to the CIF semifinals. Kearney was also named the Miramonte League MVP and San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year. The Panthers have had three straight seasons with 20 or more wins during her career, including a 23-1 league record. As a sophomore, Kearney averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg to earn first team All-Miramonte League honors.
“Janelle will be a great addition to our team and community,” commented Presnell. “She is an exceptional student and does some very impressive things on the court. We expect her to make an impact right away. She is very athletic and can score! We are excited that she has chosen to become a Bronco!”
Lee, a Canadian standout, will join the Broncos after an outstanding prep career at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, B.C. The point guard has averaged more than 10 points per game in all three seasons of her career and is widely regarded as the best point guard in the province. Last year, the talented guard led her team to a 30-2 record and the British Columbia AAA Title. She averaged a career-high 19.7 points per game and 4.8 steals per game, adding 3.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The Royals have won at least 29 games over her three-year career and have compiled a 23-1 league record to capture three consecutive North Shore League titles. Lee is has been named to the first team All-North Shore League three times and was named the Provincial MVP last year.
“Diana is one of the best high school players in Canada. She is an outstanding student-athlete and may be one of the quickest players we have ever recruited,” said Presnell. “She is a hard worker and has a team mentality. Bronco fans will love watching her play!”
The Broncos will open their regular season on Friday when they host Western Oregon at 7 p.m. in the first of a three-game homestand.
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