Nov. 9, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth announced the signing of four prep standouts to National Letters of Intent today (Wednesday, Nov. 9). The Wolverines received commitments from Symone Denham (Columbus, Ohio/Northland), Rebecca Lyttle (Miramar, Fla./Hollywood Christian), Kelsey Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) and Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) to join the Maize and Blue for the 2012-13 season.
"This class as a whole gives us a lot of what we need," said Borseth. "We need ball handlers, we need defenders, and we need a big kid around that basket. We feel we have addressed a lot of areas that will help us grow."
Symone Denham, a 5-9 guard and two-sport student-athlete, received all-city honors and earned varsity letters in tennis and basketball. Last season, she earned first team all-city and third team all-district while garnering her first all-state honors. Denham was also selected to the District 10 - Top 10 and the Columbus Dispatch Super 10 teams.
"Symone Denham is a very strong guard who is a good athlete," said Borseth. "She gives us strength and speed at the point guard spot."
Rebecca Lyttle, a 6-0 forward, helped lead Hollywood Christian to three trips to the FHSAA Class 1A Final Four. Her team reached the championship game twice and won the state title in 2011. She was selected to the All-Broward County first team by the Miami Herald the last three years, scoring in double figures and averaging more than seven rebounds per game. Last season, she was named to the Sun Sentinel first team all-county and posted 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.
"Rebecca Lyttle is an athlete, very athletic," said Borseth. "She is very quick, very explosive, has great hands. She gives us a great deal of athleticism, particularly on the defensive end of the court."
Kelsey Mitchell, a 6-0 forward, was named to the all-metro and all-state teams the last three seasons while averaging in doubles figures each year. Her sophomore year, she averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game while posting 17 points and 15 boards per contest last season. For her prep career, she holds 42 double-double and seven triple-double performances.
"Kelsey Mitchell gives us strength -- athletic strength -- in particular around the basket," said Borseth. "She has had a great deal of success at the high school level, and when she has played in the circuit in the summer time, has demonstrated some unbelievable strength and quickness in particular around the basket."
Madison Ristovski, a 5-10 guard, was named to both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press all-state first teams and the Dream Team during the last three postseasons. She has guided University Liggett to 20-win seasons her sophomore and junior years, including an appearance in the Class C state finals last season. Her freshman year, she averaged 32.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The last two seasons, she averaged more than 24 points, six rebounds and nine assists per game. She concluded her junior year with averages of 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 11.1 assists per contest.
"Madsion is unbelievably skilled. She is a morph of a prototypical international type player," Borseth stated. "She is a great point guard, very crafty, handles the ball extremely well with both hands. Shoots, scores it and sees the court extremely well."
The four players will join a Michigan squad that will lose three seniors, including two starters.