Nov. 28, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Lamar University women’s basketball team’s recently signed recruiting class was the highest rated in the Southland Conference according to All Star Girls Report, a national source for ratings on high school players.
The Lady Cardinals’ recruiting class was ranked 143rd nationally. Five student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to attend Lamar two weeks ago. Those five are Baileigh O’Dell, a 5-foot-6 guard from Verdigris, Okla.; Samantha Morgan, a 5-10 guard from Miami, Fla.; Marquelle Williams, a 6-0 forward from Toledo, Ohio; Leah Smith, a 5-11 forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Laka Blache, a 6-1 forward from Memphis, Tenn.
Williams was ranked 362nd nationally among all recruits, while Blache was ranked 448th nationally.
Brett McCormick of All Star Girls Report had the following to say about some of Lamar’s recruits: “Williams is a strong athlete who will rebound and score around the basket. She will have an immediate impact on the low block. Blache is a strong, aggressive athlete who finishes inside and has the ability to slash from the perimeter. Morgan is more of a two guard. She is long and athletic, and she can slash to the basket and hit the pull up jumper. Smith is a blue collar player with a high motor. She’ll score inside and really rebound.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was the only other Southland Conference team ranked in the top150, coming in at 149.
“This is a good starting point for the future,” first-year Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. “The assistant coaches deserve a lot of credit for getting such a good class of recruits in just five months.
“The recruits were all impressed by what Lamar and Beaumont have to offer. Once they saw the campus and the facilities we have at the Montagne Center, they were sold.”
Harmony and the Lady Cardinals are in Las Cruces, N.M. for the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. Lamar faces UW-Milwaukee at 2 p.m. Friday and Northern Illinois at noon Saturday. Both games will air live on www.LamarCardinals.com