Nov. 10, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball program has received National Letters of Intent from three student-athletes on Wednesday (Nov. 10), the first day of the early signing period. Aquashia Anderson, a 5-7 guard from Meridian, Miss.; Cyesha Goree, a 6-3 forward from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Brenae Harris, a 5-10 guard from Marion, Ohio, will join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season.
"This is a big day for our program as we are welcoming three top-notch young ladies and basketball players into our Michigan family," said head coach Kevin Borseth. "All three of these young ladies are from great families and have the benefit of being very well coached, so I believe that they will be able to transition well into our program."
"Aquashia Anderson is a 5-7 guard who runs the point and is a strong, smart, and savvy leader for her team," said Borseth. "She handles it well and does a very good job getting into the paint and making decisions from there - either to get to the rim, create a scoring opportunity for a teammate, or pulling up to shoot it. She is the first addition that we have coming from Mississippi, and we are excited for her to make Michigan her new home."
Anderson enters her senior season as the No. 4 player in the FILA Mississippi High School Class of 2011 rankings and a member of the Mississippi Dandy Dozen, which ranks the top high school prep players in the state. She is a three-year varsity letterwinner at Meridian High School and is a three-time all-district and all-conference selection. Anderson had a breakout year during her junior season, averaging 14.8 points and being named a member of the Mississippi North-South All-Star Team. Anderson earned a spot on the Clarion-Ledger Top 30 Underclassmen List as well as all-state honorable mention. The Scholar-Athlete and National Honor Society member was also a FILA Top 10 All-American camp selection as a junior.
"Cyesha Goree is a very versatile addition because at 6-3 she handles the ball, attacks the basket, shoots it from the arc and also has the ability to post up and score with her back to the basket," said Borseth. "She is a Michigan kid through and through and has really grown up coming to games and camps here in Ann Arbor for years. We are thrilled to add Cyesha to our program."
Goree led her Wyoming Park High School team to the OK Green Conference championship during her junior season after averaging 16.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in her first season at Wyoming Park. Goree was a member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team and earned Class B all-state honors as well as OK Green all-conference and Wyoming Southwest Advance All-Area first team honors. Goree played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Wyoming Rogers, where she was a two-year varsity letterwinner. As a freshman she led the team to a district championship and earned OK Green all-conference honors and all-state honorable mention. Heading into her senior season Goree is a McDonald's High School All-American nominee.
"Brenae Harris is a 5-10 guard who has a point guard's mentality, has played that position and done it well, but also has the ability with her size and length to play at an off-guard position," said Borseth. "She can get to the rim, distribute, or knock down the arc shot. She's probably a lot like a Veronica Hicks type of a player, and since Veronica will be graduating after this year, Brenae will have some big shoes to fill and we are glad she'll be here to do so."
Harris is a two-year letterwinner at Marion Harding High School. She is a two-time All-Greater Buckeye Conference first team selection as well as a two-time Northwest All-District selection. Harris had a breakout year in 2009-10 and earned the Greater Buckeye Conference Player of the Year as well as the Northwest District Player of the Year. She is also a member of the Merit Roll at Marion.
Michigan opens the 2010-11 campaign on Friday (Nov. 12) when it welcomes Alcorn State to Crisler Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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