Nov. 30, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton head women's basketball coach Marcia Foster announced the signing of four high school standouts to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and playing careers with the Titans.
"We are so very fortunate to have signed such an outstanding class; each recruit comes from highly successful high school programs and has the ability to contribute right away," Foster said. "Our tradition of signing tough guards is intact; although each one is unique, they all possess toughness, the ability to knock down the jumper and a competitive spirit that blends well with our philosophy."
Yvonte Neal (Spring Valley, CA/Mt. Miguel HS), Alex Thomas (Mission Viejo, CA/Mater Dei HS), Briana Martinez (Chula Vista, CA/The Bishop's School), and Jasmine Grayson (Los Angeles, CA/Fairfax HS) will join the Titans beginning with the 2010-11 season.
Neal, a 5-7 guard who will play her senior season at Mt. Miguel HS, was an All-Mesa League second-teamer as a junior last season after averaging 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game for Eastlake HS, while also earning All-CIF Second-Team honors and helping the Titans to a semifinal appearance in the CIF San Diego Section Divison I playoffs. She was also an all-league second team selection as a sophomore, averaging 10 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per contest.
"Yvonte is very talented," Foster said. "She is a tough penetrator with the ability to knock down the deep three. She is a super defender who has the game, ability and swagger to play with the best."
Thomas, a 5-9 guard who was a teammate of current Titan Mya Olivier last season with the Monarchs, was named Mater Dei's Defensive Player of the Year as both a freshman and junior as well as the team's "Sixth Woman of the Year" in all three of her prep seasons.
"Alex is one of the toughest defenders I have seen in a long time and her ability to drain the three as well as get to the basket is solid," Foster said. "Being a role player on an exceptional team, Alex is going to surprise a lot of people. Expect her to shine at Cal State Fullerton."
Martinez, a 5-11 guard, averaged six points and five rebounds last season for the Knights, helping her squad to a 30-2 overall record, a Coastal League title, and the CIF San Diego Section Division IV title in 2009. The Knights also finished as the state regional tournament runner-up.
"Briana is a scorer, defender and rebounder in the mold of the tough, competitive guards we have now," Foster said. "Her upside is huge. We expect big things from Briana."
The lone forward in the class, Grayson, a 6-2 post player from Los Angeles, is a CIF All-City Section Second-Team selection for the Lions who averaged 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for Fairfax HS as a junior, helping the team to a 25-9 overall record and a 12-0 mark in the Western League as well as a semifinal appearance in the CIF playoffs.
"Jasmine adds a level of athleticism we have yet to experience during my time at Cal State Fullerton," Foster said. "A strong rebounder and scorer, Jasmine has the ability to go inside and out. As she continues to develop her skill set, she will be a very difficult player to match up with. Could very well be an immediate impact player in the Big West."
CAL STATE FULLERTON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Name (POS, HT, Hometown/Last School)
Jasmine Grayson (F, 6-2, Los Angeles, CA/Fairfax HS)
Briana Martinez (G, 5-11, Chula Vista, CA/The Bishop's School)
Yvonte Neal (G, 5-7, Spring Valley, CA/Eastlake HS)
Alex Thomas (G, 5-9, Mission Viejo, CA/Mater Dei HS)