BOISE, Idaho (11/10/2010) - Boise State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Gordy Presnell announced today the signing of three high school standouts to National Letters of Intent. The list includes Lexie Der a 6-1 wing from Burnaby, British Columbia, Keiahnna Engel a 5-7 guard from Anchorage, Alaska, and Amber Vandiver a 6-1 forward from Boise, Idaho. The trio will join the Broncos in the fall of 2011. The class will add depth at the post and wing positions when the Broncos lose current seniors Janie Bos and Melissa Rima after this season, as well as, give Boise State an extra athletic guard to work into its rotation.
Presnell on the recruits...“We are excited to add these three young ladies to our women’s basketball team. Amber, Keiahnna, and Lexie will be a great fit for our team, community and university.”
Lexie Der is currently a senior at St. Thomas More Collegiate (high school) in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she begins her fourth year as a starter for the Knight’s varsity team. The 6-1 wing is a three-time all-conference first team and three-time all-region honoree at STMC. She helped lead the team to three-consecutive provincial tournaments. In the 2009 Provincial championship tournament, she broke the record for rebounds in a game with 37. Last year she averaged around 25 points and 12 rebounds per game (official stats are not available, these are estimates from her coach). Der is a three-year member of the British Columbia provincial team helping the team to one national championship and two second-place finishes. Der and current Boise State freshman Diana Lee are both members of the Canadian Junior National Team program and competed for their nation this past summer. Der, a two-year member of the national team, was the team captain for the under-17 team this summer when it finished 11th at the FIBA World Championship. She averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game at the world championship which was held in France. As a member of the U16 team in 2009 she averaged 7.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for Canada in the FIBA America’s Championship in Mexico. Lexie has also lettered in soccer and volleyball. She chose Boise State over Gonzaga and Canadian colleges.
Presnell on Der…”Lexie is the second Canadian we add to our team. It will be fun for Diana Lee and Lexie to reunite as teammates! Lexie is very intelligent and a great student. Having played at the U17 FIBA Women’s Basketball Championships, Lexie has played with and against highly talented players. She will give us length and aggressiveness on the perimeter.”
Keiahnna is currently a senior at A.J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, where she will be a four-year starter for the Lynx’s varsity squad. The 5-7 guard is a three-time all-state honoree and was the Alaska State Player of the Year as a junior. She has also earned recognition as a three-time all-conference team member; two-time league MVP as a sophomore and junior; and the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. Keiahnna averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and four steals per game as a junior. She helped lead the Lynx to the league and district titles and a third-place finish at state last season. Engel is an outstanding athlete lettering in basketball, track and flag football. Her athletic prowess earned Keiahnna the Anchorage Daily News State Female Athlete of the Year recognition as a junior in 2009-10. She holds the state record for the 100-meter hurdles and is a two-time state champion in 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Engel helped lead Dimond High to the league championship in flag football last season. The senior-to-be plays club basketball for the Tree of Hope AAU team out of Seattle, Wash. Keiahnna was also recruited by Seattle, Portland State, UC Irvine and Hawai’i.
Presnell on Engel…”Keiahnna Engel is a great fit for our program. She is an unbelievable athlete and terrific young lady. Keiahnna has had great coaches throughout her basketball career and is definitely the kind of kid you want on your team. She is personable and a gives great effort.”
Amber is currently a senior at Capital High School in Boise. She is the daughter of Boise State men’s basketball assistant coach Shaun Vandiver. Amber moved to Boise this past summer with her family following a three-year prep career at Laramie High School in Wyoming. The 6-1 forward was an all-state and all-conference honoree as a junior for the Plainsmen. She was a three-year member and two-year starter for the varsity team that placed second at the Wyoming 4A regional and state tournaments last year. As a junior she averaged 11 points, a state-high 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. She also led the state in field goal percentage at 60-percent. Amber’s game high for points and rebounds last season were 22 and 19, respectively. Amber was a three-time team MVP, named “Queen of the Boards” twice, and was her class president as a sophomore and vice-president as a junior. Vandiver played club ball for the Colorado Boulder Rockies AAU team 2008-10. Amber received scholarship offers from San Diego, Colorado State, Missouri-Kansas City and Wyoming.
Presnell on Vandiver …. ”Amber has a great history of basketball in her family. She is a hard worker both in the classroom and on the court. She is extremely outgoing and we believe Amber will bring energy and effort to our team.”
The Broncos begin the 2010-11 campaign this weekend when they open a four-game homestand with the University of Portland at 4:00 p.m. on Friday in Taco Bell Arena.