Nov. 14, 2012
SEATTLE Head Coach Kevin McGuff has announced the signing of three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. The class includes guards Kelsey Plum and Brianna Ruiz and post player Chantel Oshahor.
Plum is a noted point guard from La Jolla Country Day School in the San Diego area. The 5-9 HS senior is the No. 6 ranked point guard in the nation and No. 26 player overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Plum is a prototypical point guard with strong passing skills and a high basketball IQ. The lefthanded player is also known for her intensity and hard work both on and off the court.
"We are incredibly excited to have Kelsey joining the Husky family," said McGuff. "She is one of the top point guards in the class of 2013. Her competitive spirit, leadership, toughness and overall ability will help us build this program into one of the nation's elite."
Ruiz is a 5-10 guard that can both play the point and be used on the wing as a scorer. She has deep 3-point range, but is also an aggressive slasher to the basket. The Roseville, Calif., native has led Del Oro HS (Sacramento area) as its go to player and will be a scoring option for the Huskies in the near future. Ruiz was the 65th ranked player in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz and the No. 16 guard.
"Brianna is incredibly competitive and I can't wait for her to be a part of our program," said McGuff. "She is an amazing shooter and as she continues to develop as a player, I think will have a huge impact on our program."
Oshahor comes to UW from Mt. Saint Mary's HS in the Phoenix area. She is a 6-2 post player that combines athleticism with great passing skills and soft hands. Oshahor is the No. 71 prospect in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz and will immediately add a pot presence for the Huskies.
"Chantel is one of the most gifted and talented post players in the 2013 class," said McGuff. "Her basketball IQ is one of the best I have ever seen for someone so young. I can't wait for her to be part of our program and she is going to be a huge part of our success."
The class of 2013 is a major coup for the Husky program that continues to rebuild under Coach McGuff and his staff. The Dawgs remain a young team that will lose just two seniors (Kristi Kingma and Jeneva Anderson) to graduation after the season.