ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period on Wednesday (Nov. 12). The class is ranked No. 5 by BlueStar, No. 13 by Prospects Nation, No. 15 by HoopGurlz and No. 23 by the All-Star Girls Report. Four of the five recruits earned a four-star ranking from HoopGurlz and all five rank in the top 150 from the All-Star Girls Report.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Hometown (High School)||Athlete Info|
|Lauren Brozoski||PG||5-6||Cambria Heights, N.Y. (Long Island Lutheran)||Learn More|
|Naomi Davenport||F||5-11||Cincinnati, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame)||Learn More|
|Nicole Munger||G||5-9||Doylestown, Pa. (Central Bucks West)||Learn More|
|Hallie Thome||F||6-5||Chagrin Falls, Ohio (Chagrin)||Learn More|
|Sam Trammel||F||6-2||Minnetonka, Minn. (Eastview)||Learn More|
"I am so thrilled about our 2015 class," Barnes Arico said. "I think it is the first class since we have been here that we were able to really go through a complete recruiting process. We have gotten to know them over the course of many years and not just a couple of months. They are tremendous basketball players who are going to help us continue to take our program to the next level. They are also great students from tremendous families. They are all "Michigan" kids who demonstrate our core values of integrity, unity and competitive greatness. They have great work ethic and are incredibly driven on and off the court."
"I think one of the common themes with all five of these players is that they have played for great programs and coaches, which has prepared them to be college ready. As a coach, having the opportunity to coach players who have an understanding of the game and can make an immediate impact is pretty special."
"I really have to recognize the work my assistant coaches did in assembling this class. They have done a great job of developing relationships with all five of these players and their contacts nationally. Their work ethic in recruiting these players was tremendous."
Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski -- No. 89 Prospects Nation, No. 94 HoopGurlz, No. 96 ASGR, No. 62 Blue Star
Lauren Brozoski, an ESPN four-star recruit, was the New York State Class AA Player of the Year in 2014 after leading Lutheran High School to a third straight state championship. She averaged 19.5 points, 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals and was named the MVP of the championship tournament as a junior. Brozoski, has helped LuHi to an 84-17 record in three years, with the school becoming the first private school and first Long Island school to win the state championship at the highest level. She plays AAU for the Long Island Lightning.
"I have been watching Boogie play since elementary school because she grew up a few blocks from St. John's," Barnes Arico said. "She was the first call I made when I took the job at the University of Michigan. She is a New York City point guard, through and through. She has a lot of swag to her game, a lot of toughness to her game. She is an incredible scorer, has the ability to make people around her better, but also loves to defend and take charges. She is a leader who has a ton of personality."
"I chose Michigan because I had a great relationship with the coaching staff," Brozoski said. "Michigan not only competes against the best, but the academics are just as strong as athletics. I am excited to play for Coach Arico and with my new teammates; I can't wait to wear 'Michigan' across my chest. Signing my NLI is very exciting and means a lot to me. It makes everything official and I can finally say that I am attending the University of Michigan next year."
Naomi Davenport -- No. 19 Prospects Nation, No. 88 HoopGurlz, No. 51 ASGR, No. 28 Blue Star
As a junior at Mount Notre Dame, Naomi Davenport averaged 18.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game as her team went 17-7. She was named to the All-Ohio Division I second team following her junior season. For her high school career, she has averaged 13.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists in 59 games. Davenport is listed as the No. 3 Forward in the 2015 class by Prospects Nation. She plays AAU for the Cincinnati Angels.
"Naomi Davenport is probably one of the best athletes to commit to Michigan women's basketball," Barnes Arico said. "She has great size for a wing and has athleticism similar to Nya Jordan. She is a tremendous scorer who has the ability to shoot the basketball and post people up inside. She is extremely long and quick. She is going to be a great addition to our team; an athletic piece that we haven't had since I have been here. She is from an extremely athletic family as her parents both played basketball in college, her two older brothers have played college ball and she has two younger siblings that will probably be able to. She is a great kid from both great high school and AAU programs and will be a welcome addition to our team"
"I picked Michigan because they were one of the first schools to recruit me and when they started, they expected nothing but the best," Davenport said. "The coaches are a great support and I know when I get there next year, I won't be let down. I know I will be challenged both on the court and in the classroom. Michigan is one of the best universities you can go to. For me to finally sign my NLI makes me want to cry because the road hasn't always been smooth and this just makes me want to keep pushing because I am almost there."
Nicole Munger -- No. 76 Prospects Nation, No. 73 HoopGurlz, No. 112 ASGR, No. 51 Blue Star
Nicole Munger, a four-star recruit ranked No. 73 by ESPN, participated in the USA Basketball U17 national team trials during the summer of 2014. As a junior at Central Bucks West, she averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game. Munger was named to the Class AAAA all-state first team following her junior campaign. She plays AAU for the Philadelphia Belles.
"I can't wait for Nicole to get on campus," Barnes Arico said. "She really reminds you of a Jenny Ryan or Nicole Elmblad. She is an incredible worker and has a tremendous motor, very similar to both Jenny and Nicole. She is all over the place, on both the offensive and defensive end. She plays extremely hard and never stops working. I have watched her growth on the basketball floor over the past several years and it has been tremendous. I think she might still be growing in size as well. She shoots the ball extremely well, she dives on the floor after loose balls and she takes charges. She does all the intangible things to help her team win and has great leadership ability. She is a great student, who also plays for outstanding high school and AAU programs. Her AAU team, the Philly Belles, is one of the best programs in the nation, year in and year out. I am so happy to have someone like her in our program."
"I chose the University of Michigan because of the great tradition of both academics and athletics," Munger said. "U-M is the perfect fit for me. I know I will be receiving one of the best educations in the world, while also competing at the highest level on the court. From the very first moment, everyone at Michigan made me feel like part of their family, not just another recruit, which was very important to me. To finally sign my NLI is a dream come true."
Hallie Thome -- Three-star Prospect Nation, No. 71 HoopGurlz, No. 90 ASGR, No. 79 Blue Star
Hallie Thome was averaging 19.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game during her junior season at Chagrin Falls before suffering a knee injury that limited her to just seven games. As a sophomore, she picked up All-Ohio Division II third-team honors after averaging 17.8 points per game. She holds the Chagrin High School record for points in a game with 49. She plays AAU for SMAC Elite.
"This is the first time in my coaching career that I am going to be able to coach someone who is a legitimate 6-5," Barnes Arico said. "She is going to change the face of our program, having the ability to have an inside presence like Hallie is something we haven't had in some time. She is someone with that tremendous size, with the ability to play inside and outside, handle the basketball and rebound. Hallie is a lefty who brings a different dynamic. She is an extremely hard worker and I really believe that her best basketball is in front of her. She plays for a great high school program that she has helped build, along with an amazing AAU program in SMAC. She also comes from a great basketball family with her brother playing college basketball and her twin sister signing early as well. Hallie is another piece to our puzzle that we have never really had in the past, which is exciting."
"The University of Michigan was the first school to recruit me and since then, I have always felt part of the Michigan family," Thome said. "I love the family atmosphere with everything they do. I admire and respect these coaches, players and this recruiting class. I know that I can't get a better education anywhere else. The program has been on the rise with Coach Arico and I am excited to be part of something special for the University and Michigan women's basketball."
Sam Trammel -- No. 120 Prospects Nation, Three-star recruit from HoopGurlz, No. 141 ASGR, No. 157 Blue Star
As a sophomore, Sam Trammel averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game at Eden Prairie. She transferred to Eastview High School following that season. Trammel was named to the North Star Girls Hoops preseason all-state second team heading into her junior year, but she had to sit out due to transfer rules. She plays AAU for North Tartan, where she helped her team win the 2014 Minnesota AAU Summer Jam and go undefeated at Boo Williams.
"Sam is another piece that we have definitely needed," Barnes Arico said. "She is another big, strong, physical post player who will give us a presence inside that we are going to need with the loss of Cyesha Goree. Sam is going to bring a toughness to our team, along with a defensive focus that we are looking for. Sam plays for another great AAU program in North Tartan. We are really excited to get another Minnesota kid in the program after the likes of Kate Thompson. She is a great student and wants to get into pre-med when she is here. Sam is a great team player and will be perfect for our program and how we are building our culture."
"I picked Michigan because of its competitive academics and athletics," Trammel said. "At Michigan, I will be able to compete at the highest level and be coached by great coaches. I also picked it because of the great networking I will have the opportunity to take advantage of once I graduate. I have been working to get a college scholarship since I started playing basketball and it's just exciting to see these dreams become a reality."
Michigan kicks off the 2014-15 season on Friday (Nov. 14) against Detroit. Tip off from Crisler Center is slated for 7 p.m.
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