Nov. 12, 2009
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington women's basketball team has announced that Marjorie Heard, Mercedes Wetmore and Ashley Moore have all signed letters of intent, third-year coach Tia Jackson announced Thursday.
"We couldn't be more excited about the young ladies who make up our 2010 signing class," Jackson said. "This class gets us closer to where we have as solid a foundation as we need to have here in this Husky family."
Wetmore grew up in the Puget Sound area and starred at Auburn's Riverside High School. The 5-7 guard is rated is one of the top point guards in the nation. She is listed as the No. 28 guard according to HoopGurlz. She brings to Montlake a slew of prep accomplishments, including two WIAA state titles in 2007 and 2008.
"Mercedes is someone we have been recruiting since the first day my staff and I stepped in to Husky country," Jackson said. "She brings a court savvy that radiates in a multitude of ways-- 3 point shooting, open court passing, and mid range game, just to name a few. She really understands what winning is about."
Heard is another local recruit from the Snohomish area (Glacier Peak High School). A nominee for the 2009 McDonalds All-American team, Heard is a 6-1 forward, rated in the top-50 of her group by HoopGurlz. Heard averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds for Glacier Peak, and also provided her team with an intense physical presence on the low blocks, something Jackson noticed right away in the recruitment process.
"Marjie has a relentless pursuit when it comes to rebounding the basketball and the uncanny ability to finish around the basket versus extreme contact," Jackson said.
Heard modeled her game after another popular UW player from Snohomish - ex-forward Jon Brockman. This sentiment was echoed by Heard's high school coach, Brian Hill.
"You're not going to find another girl with as much energy as Marjorie," Hill said. "She's unbelievably aggressive."
Ashley Moore is the lone out-of-state signee, coming to the Huskies by way of Vallejo, Calif. (H.S.), HoopGurlz rated her the No. 55 guard in the country, and will bring a rare blend of size and athleticism.
The 5-10 guard can also score from all areas of the court. She was the first commit for Jackson out of the 2010 class.
"She brings an athleticism that is comparable to any opponent we will face in the upcoming years," Jackson said. "She's a long limbed wing player and uses her length well for defensive and rebounding prowess."
Washington begins its regular season on Nov. 14 when they play at Portland State, the preseason favorite from the Big Sky Conference.