SEATTLE – Washington head coach Mike Neighbors is pleased to announce three additions to the Husky basketball program. High School seniors Kelli Kingma and Hannah Johnson have signed national letters of intent to become Dawgs, while Macy Keen has recommitted as a junior college transfer, signing her scholarship offer.
“This class as a whole fits very nicely with the team we will be returning and builds on the future of our Husky program,” said Neighbors.
Next fall, the Dawgs will welcome Kingma and Johnson to begin their freshman year, along with Keen, who will transfer from Seminole State College and have two seasons of eligibility at Washington.
Kelli Kingma – Jackson HS – Mill Creek, Wash.
Kingma is a familiar name to Husky basketball fans as Kelli is the younger sister of former Washington star Kristi Kingma. Like her sister, Kelli is a guard with great shooting range and a high basketball IQ. She was ranked as the 68th high school prospect in the country by both Brett McCormick’s All-Star Girls Report and Chris Hansen’s Prospect Nation.
“We would have recruited Kelli Kingma if she were living in upstate Maine and had never heard the name Kristi Kingma,” said Neighbors. “We would have because she is a perfect fit for the University of Washington in the classroom and around the community of Seattle. The fact that she is from the area and has deep roots as a Husky only makes it that much better. Her game is also ideal for our team. She can play multiple positions on the perimeter because she can shoot it, drive it, and guard a variety of spots. Thanks to her summer travel team Tree of Hope run by Damian Young and Tommy James, she has competed against the best in this class and the best in the country. She will be ready to impact our program from day one. While there will be inevitable comparisons to her sister, we have no doubt that Kelli will carve out her own niche in Husky History.”
Hannah Johnson – Bishop Alemany HS – Los Angeles, Calif.
Johnson comes to Washington from Bishop Alemany High School in Los Angeles. A rugged post player, Johnson was the California Southern Section Player of the Year in 2013. She was also named First Team All-State for Division 3AA after leading Bishop Alemany to the state championship in 2013. Johnson is ranked as the 83rd prospect in the country by Brett McCormick’s All-Star Girls Report.
“Recruiting is about addressing needs, and we need tough kids who like to rebound,” said Neighbors. “While Hannah Johnson isn’t 6-6, she thinks she is and plays like it, so I hope no one reminds her that she is only 6-1. She is a proven winner on the court and a proven teammate off the court. You can never have enough student-athletes on your roster like Hannah. Since committing to us there hasn’t been a more passionate UW fan than she and her family have been. Bryan Camacho at Bishop Alemany coached her to a State Championship last year and Southern Section 3AA Player of the Year. Stan Delus’ countless hours with her outside the scholastic season have pushed her to new levels. As a result of their efforts and Hannah’s hard work, she will step on campus ready to compete.”
Macy Keen – Seminole State College – Sanford, Fla.
Keen committed to Washington last year as a transfer from Miami, Fla., but did not qualify academically. After spending this year at Seminole State College, Keen will earn her associate degree and be eligible to transfer to Washington and play right away. She is an athletic, 6-5 post player who can run the floor and will make an immediate impact on the defensive end. She was rated as Brett McCormick’s No. 13 JUCO player as part of his All-Star Girls Report and was the 37th ranked prospect by Hoopgurlz coming out of high school in 2012. Keen played in 11 games as a freshman at Miami, blocking a shot every seven minutes of action she saw.
“We all take different paths to reach our goals and Macy Keen’s path is not a typical one,” said Neighbors. “We believe this has made Macy a stronger person and a mature student-athlete. We will continue to give Macy every opportunity to earn her college degree and compete in Division I basketball. She will impact our program in so many ways other than her 6-5 athletic frame, shot blocking, and scoring around the basket. Carlos Adamson has been with this young lady through every step of her development and Coach Rita Story-Schell will keep her sharp and improving every day at Seminole State College this year.”