Ducks add size, speed with latest additions.Byline: BOB RODMAN The Register-Guard
With an eye on the future - both near and distant - the Oregon women's basketball Women's basketball is one of the few games which developed in tandem with men's. It became popular, spreading from the east coast of the United States to the west coast, in large part via women's colleges. program signed two athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the weeklong stretch of fall signing.
Jessie Shetters, a 6-foot-6 senior at Wilson High in Portland, and Ashley Allen Ashley Allen (born February 7, 1968 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American model and actress. She was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for August, 1992, an issue with Margie Murphy on the cover.
Allen has gone on to appear in numerous Playboy videos. , a 5-10 senior at Clovis West High in Fresno, Calif., are the first future Ducks to sign with second-year coach Bev Smith Bev Smith (born April 4 1960) is the head women's basketball coach at the University of Oregon. She has held that position since 2001, replacing controversial coach Jody Runge, and has posted an 83-69 record. during the November signing time.
"They are special people," said Smith, who signed no athletes during the fall of her first year as the UO coach, "but it makes it even more special because they are my first November signings."
Meanwhile, Oregon State women's basketball officials in Corvallis said on Wednesday that the Beavers were not expected to sign any players to national letters of intent during the fall signing week.
Shetters opted for Oregon over Oregon State and Washington, and also had secured interest from UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. State. A two-year starter at Wilson, Shetters has career averages of 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
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See foul line. while helping lead Wilson to a conference championship with an 18-0 record.
"She's got the ability to handle the ball and can break full-court presses," Wilson coach Rick Earl said. "She's very mobile for someone her size and can shoot it from anywhere."
"Jessie is listed at 6-6," Smith said of the tallest player to wear a UO uniform since 6-7 Stefanie Kasperski in 1987-90, "but Jessie is more than a post player. She can play power forward because she is athletic and has versatility."
Said Shetters, "I like Oregon's style of play ... they bring the big people out on the perimeter. I can do that, and I have the ability to shoot the ball."
Shetters is the first prep player from Oregon signed by the Ducks since Shaquala Williams, the current senior point guard, opted for Oregon in the fall of 1997.
"I think that to keep her here (in the state) and have her here (at Oregon) is a statement about Oregon," said Smith, who led the Ducks to a 22-13 record in 2001-02 - the program's ninth straight winning season.
"We believe in Northwest and Oregon basketball players. We believe we can compete nationally with Oregon products. They believe in us. It's a win-win situation."
Allen is ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard, is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. Players of the position are often shorter, leaner, and quicker than forwards. on the West Coast by All-Star Girls Report, a national girls basketball scouting service publication based in Florida. Last season, as a junior, Allen helped lead Clovis West to a 25-3 record and a league title by averaging 13 points, six rebounds, six steals and two assists.
Former UO player Lindsey Dion (1998-01), now an assistant coach at Seattle Pacific, also was from Clovis West High.
Allen, a member of an AAU AAU
Amateur Athletic Union team that finished second in the nation last summer, shot 42 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line last season en route to all-sectional second-team honors.
"She takes it up in a crowd stronger than anyone else we've had," said Mark Weber Mark Weber is president of the Legion for the Survival of Freedom and director of the Institute for Historical Review, an American Holocaust denial organization.
Weber has been associated with the IHR since 1991 and has been the Institute Director since 1995. , the Clovis West coach. "She's similar to Lindsey Dion - strong, physical and quick."
"Ashley has great athletic potential," Smith said. "She can play the two (off guard) and maybe the one (point guard), but most importantly, she fits into our system.
"She is the quintessential Duck ... the underdog who works hard, strives and never gives in. I think, for her, it's more like coming home to be a Duck than leaving home to be one."
Said Allen, who also was recruited by Oregon State, Colorado State and UNLV UNLV University of Nevada, Las Vegas , "I've known Oregon was where I wanted to go for a long time."
The Ducks, who won the Women's National Invitation Tournament The Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) is a college basketball tournament with a preseason and postseason version played every year. It is operated in a similar fashion to the men's NIT. last season, are scheduled to graduate three seniors next spring. All three - Williams, Alissa Edwards and Kourtney Shreve - are guards.
The addition of Allen helps replace those departures, as will the arrival of guards Corrie Mizusawa and Chelsea Wagner, who are sitting out this season because of the NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association transfer rule.
The addition of Shetters provides depth in the post and wing positions. Cathrine Kraayeveld, a 6-4 junior forward and the team's leading rebounder, will be in her final year next season.
"Jessie will have the opportunity to learn and play the four position (power forward) under one of the best in the nation," Smith said.
Oregon began the current recruiting season with four scholarships available but is likely to sign only one more player this month. A prep point guard is scheduled to make an official visit to Oregon this weekend.
The Ducks, an NCAA Tournament team in eight of the last nine seasons and a postseason participant nine straight years, open the regular season on Nov. 22 against Gonzaga at McArthur Court.
Oregon plays its final exhibition game on Friday against Southern Oregon at Mac Court, beginning at 7 p.m.