April 13, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced Thursday (April 13) that Priscilla Smeenge will join the Wolverines for the 2017-18 academic year.
"We are excited to have Priscilla join us for next season," Barnes Arico said. "We talk about being the hardest working team in America, and Priscilla fits right in with that. She is a hard-working kid who has an unbelievably high basketball IQ. She played point guard for her high school team but can play multiple positions. She is a tough, athletic guard who gets after it on the glass and will bring so much to our team. Her family is incredible, and we cannot wait for her to join us."
"I chose the University of Michigan because as soon as I arrived on campus, it was apparent to me that there was a sense of unity and tradition," Smeenge said. "I love the homey college town feel of Ann Arbor. I am confident that I will be provided with the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom and on the court. I was really impressed with the women's basketball program because I loved how the coaches and the players were one big family. I truly believe I will be held to a standard of excellence as a student-athlete while receiving a great education and playing the game I love at the University of Michigan."
Smeenge, a 6-foot wing, is a three-star recruit according to ESPN HoopGurlz. Smeenge started her high school career at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas, where she averaged 14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals as a junior. She was named to the all-district first team in each of her three seasons at Southlake Carroll and earned a spot on the all-state second team as a junior.
She moved to Celebration, Florida, for her senior season and attended Celebration High School. As a senior, she was named to the Orlando Sentinel all-area team after nearly averaging a double-double of 21.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Her father, Joel Smeenge, played 11 seasons in the NFL after playing football at Western Michigan.
Smeenge joins Deja Church and Hailey Brown in the incoming freshman class for the Maize and Blue.
Wolverines Sign Brown, Church to Letters of Intent (11/9/2016)
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