UO women get shooting guard in recruiting class.
Taylor Lilley, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard from Hart High School in Newhall, Calif., signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday with Oregon, UO women's basketball coach Bev Smith said.
Another player, Mary Sbrissa, a 6-2 forward from Castel Franco, Italy, is also expected to sign with the Ducks.
Smith said Lilley's arrival will "help fill the shooting void we'll have with Chelsea (Wagner) and Brandi (Davis) leaving.
"She (Lilley) is a small guard but playing big in terms of being a pure shooter."
Lilley has played the past three summers with the nationally ranked Cal Swish, an AAU team based in the Los Angeles area that is sending six players to Pac-10 Conference programs.
Wagner, Davis and Yadili Okwumabua are the three seniors on the Oregon team this season, which begins Friday when the Ducks play Saint Francis, Pa., in the first round of the two-day, four-team Women's Sports Foundation Classic at McArthur Court.
The weeklong early signing period concludes Wednesday.
Oregon State men
CORVALLIS - The Oregon State men's basketball team announced four signees Wednesday, including a pair of guards from Portland.
Seth Tarver, a 6-foot-5 senior from Jesuit, and Lathen Wallace, a 6-3 senior at Jefferson, each signed a letter of intent with the Beavers. They are joined by 6-2 guard Calvin Haynes of Reseda, Calif., and Roeland Schaftenaar, a 6-11 native of The Netherlands.
"We're trying to make our team a little better every year, and the objective is the same with recruiting, to do better every year," OSU coach Jay John said. "These four players will help us do that."
Tarver was a first-team all-state selection after leading Jesuit to the Class 4A state title last season. He is the younger brother of OSU football player Zach Tarver and basketball player Josh Tarver.
Wallace was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior. He is a strong outside shooter who averaged nearly 15 points per game last season.
Haynes can play both guard positions and was a third-team all-state selection as a junior. He started for Taft High School along with current UCLA point guard Jordan Farmar as a sophomore. Haynes and Tarver were second-team selections to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list, and Wallace made the third team.
Schaftenaar is an athletic big man who can shoot from outside. He played under the same national team coach who groomed Dutch NBA veterans Rik Smits and Dan Gadzuric.
Oregon State women
CORVALLIS - Oregon State women's basketball coach LaVonda Wagner signed six prep players in her first recruiting class.
Stacey Nichols, a 6-1 forward from Southridge High School in Beaverton; Whitney Champlin, a 6-2 forward from Olympia High School; and Julie Futch, a 5-8 guard from Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn, Wash., were plucked from the Northwest.
Wagner, who is about to embark on her first season as head coach at OSU after being an assistant at Duke, went east to snare Judy Lomax, a 5-11 forward from Potomac, Md.
Wagner also went to California to sign Jasmine Smith, a 5-8 guard from Pinole, and Christen Myles, a 5-10 guard from Chino.
"I am very pleased with the young women that we signed during the early signing period," Wagner said. "We identified our needs and recruited people who fit what we're looking for in the program."
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Nov 10, 2005|
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