TCU Recruiting Class Ranked No. 35 In NCAA Friday

Jeff Mittie

Jeff Mittie

June 1, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball program received word Friday that its incoming freshmen class has been ranked as high as No. 35 in the NCAA by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

The Horned Frogs were also recognized as signing the fifth-best recruiting class in the Big 12 Conference Thursday, trailing only Baylor, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma. In all, eight of the conferences 10 schools for the 2012-13 school year rank in the top 50. The quartet is comprised of three Texas natives and one from Illinois.

The class consisted of shooting guard Kamy Cole (5-9, SG, Brock, Texas (Brock High School)), forward Caitlin Diaz (6-1, F, Houston, Texas (Tomball High School)), combo guard Veja Hamilton (5-10, SG/F, Spring, Texas (Klein Collins High School)) and point guard Zahna Medley (5-6, PG, Springfield, Ill. (Springfield High School)).

Cole, a three-time state tournament MVP, shined during her final season for four-time state champion Brock High School, posting three games of 40-plus, including a career-high 42-point game earlier this year. Cole carried the Brock offense in her final high school game, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of Texas. The DFW East/West All-Star girls basketball game participant, who was a Texas McDonald's All-American, earned numerous awards during her high school career, including district and state tournament MVP accolades, to go along with all-region and multiple all-state selections following her senior season. Cole, who garnered the prestigious TABC 2A Player of the Year honor, averaged 25.6 points per game, 8.8 boards per game and 3.6 assists per contest in her final year for Brock. Cole, a four-star rated recruit, will don the Purple and White in 2012-13 after ranking as the No. 46 overall rated guard nationally according to ESPN/HoopGurlz. She also ranked as high as the No. 14 rated player in the state of Texas according to Premier Basketball Report during the course of her senior season.

Diaz, a four-time first team all-district honoree and three-star rated recruit, will don the Purple and White next fall after completing a successful senior campaign at Tomball High School in Houston. The McDonald's All-America nominee was ranked as the 34th-best forward according to ESPN/HoopGurlz. She was also rated as the No. 18 ranked player in the state of Texas according to Premier Basketball Report. The 6-foot-1 forward, who was recently named to the All-Greater Houston all-star squad, averaged 19.6 points per game during her senior season, while averaging 10.0 boards a contest. Diaz, who earned multiple academic all-state honors, also excelled on the volleyball court during her high school career as she was a three-time first team all-district selection as well as an all-state TAPPS 4A honoree in 2011.

Hamilton, a 5-10 shooting guard/forward, put the finishing touches on her playing career at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas, as she wrapped up play scoring 28 of her teams 60 points in an overtime loss to Pflugerville earlier this year. For the year, Hamilton, who totaled 2,228 points for her career and was a McDonald's All-American nominee, averaged 20.9 points per game, while shooting 49.5 percent from the field. The senior also chipped in with 5.1 boards, 3.0 steals and 2.6 assists. Hamilton, who was ranked as high as the No. 18 overall rated wing in the country according to ESPN/HoopGurlz, is a four-star rated combo guard and was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state list in March.

Medley, who was a first-team selection on the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette Girls All-State Basketball Team this past year, helped Springfield finish fourth overall at the Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament.  During her four-year career, Medley, who has scored a career-high of 37 points, racked up a total of 2,617 points, the most in school history by either a male or female. She averaged 24.2 points per game during her senior campaign, while connecting on 79 3-pointers. Medley, a three-time State Journal-Register Central State Eight Conference Player of the Year, averaged 50.4 percent from the field and over 80 percent from the charity stripe. Medley, a three-time first team 3A all-state selection, will make her way to Fort Worth next fall after being named the Player of the Year by multiple outlets during both her junior and senior seasons. A three-star rated recruit by ESPN/HoopGurlz, Medley, who was considered the 155th best player in the country and No. 33 amongst point guards overall by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Report, has garnered all-state honors each of the past three season's by the Chicago Sun Times and was a unanimous all-state honoree by the Associated Press this past year.

TCU has been one of the most successful women's basketball programs in the entire country under Mittie as they have played in 11 postseason appearances in 12 years, while also going to nine NCAA Tournaments during that stretch. The Frogs have also collected six conference championships and will be a member of arguably the toughest women's basketball conference in the entire country next season in the Big 12.



 

 


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