WACO, Texas - Five high school women's basketball standouts have signed National Letters of Intent for 2012-13, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey announced Friday. Signing to attend Baylor were Destiny Brown, Chardonae Fuqua, Kristina Higgins, Niya Johnson and Alexis Prince.
The commitments give Baylor's signing class players at five different positions and is expected to be ranked among the nation's top 10 recruiting classes.
"This group of Lady Bears is a complete class that complement each other well. These young ladies all have different strengths that will allow them to help our team immediately. They will continue the Baylor tradition of great talent and character," said Mulkey.
Destiny Brown, 5-10, Guard, Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway HS)
Brown is ranked No. 34 nationally by Blue Star Basketball and is a sixth-team Sporting News High School All-American. She averaged 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists while leading Gateway (Pa.) High School. She played AAU basketball for the Philly Belles.
"Destiny is a skilled shooting guard who has an excellent mid-range game and a high basketball IQ," said Mulkey. "She has good size and length for her position. Destiny will be able to stretch the defense and play multiple positions."
Chardonae Fuqua, 6-0, forward, Birmingham, Ala. (Hoover HS)
Fuqua is a two-sport athlete who is ranked the No. 10 forward and No. 44 nationally by ESPN's Hoopgurlz.com. She averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for a Hoover (Ala.) High School Bucs team that advanced to the Class 6A championship. The 2011 Sporting News All-American (honorable mention), also excels as a high jump and triple jump standout. Fuqua played AAU basketball for the Alabama RoadRunners.
"Chardonae is a very strong and athletic forward, who can play a variety of positions," Mulkey said. "She has a natural ability to be a great defensive stopper and will be a glue player. Chardonae is a great leaper and that will benefit her at this level".
Kristina Higgins, 6-4, post, El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)
Higgins is ranked No. 7 nationally among posts by ESPN's Hoopgurlz.com. While playing prep basketball for El Paso's (Texas) Chapin High School she averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game as a junior. She played summer basketball with DFW Elite, the same program that produced Lady Bears Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims, Brooklyn Pope and Makenzie Robertson. Higgins was named a High School All-American (honorable mention) by the Sporting News.
"Kristina is a very skilled post player who can do a variety of things well," said Mulkey. "She is a good passer, has a nice touch around the basket and is a good rebounder with great hands. Kristina can also stretch the defense and will help our team because of her size and basketball IQ".
Niya Johnson, 5-7, guard, Gainesville, Fla. (P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School)
Johnson is the 14th-ranked guard and is No. 43 nationally according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz.com. She averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals as a junior at P.K. Yonge (Fla.) Developmental Research School. Higgins was named a High School All-American (honorable mention) by the Sporting News. She played summer ball for Florida's Essence Purple AAU team.
"Niya is a heady guard who makes those around her better," Mulkey said. "She is a winner, a leader and a student of the game. Niya is not afraid of competition and is a fierce competitor. Teammates gravitate to her because she is talented, unselfish and wants to play at the highest level and win championships."
Alexis Prince, 6-2, forward, Maitland, Fla. (Edgewater HS)
Prince is ranked the No. 2 forward nationally by Hoopgurlz.com, No. 9 by All Star Girls Report & No. 10 by Blue Star Basketball. She averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds for Edgewater (Fla.) High School in a junior season that was shortened by an injury. The Sporting News High School second-team All-American plays summer ball for Essence Purple with fellow signee Niya Johnson.
"Alexis has unbelievable potential and her versatility separates her from others her size," commented Mulkey. "She puts the ball on the floor well, is an exceptional shooter, shot blocker, rebounder, and scorer. Alexis can get her shot off against anyone and is a great finisher. She will cause match-up problems at our level."