Utah Head Coach Anthony Levrets recently announced the addition of four Utes for next season.
Nov. 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Tanaeya Boclair, Gabrielle Bowie, Joeseta Fatuesi and Jada Matthews will join the Utes in 2014-15.
"Once again, we have signed a quality group of young people to help continue the tradition here at the University of Utah," Head Coach Anthony Levrets said. "I'd like to give the coaching staff a ton of credit for the amount of time that they put in toward building relationships and finding the right kind of person who can play here at the `U'. This class would not be possible without the work of our staff. All of these kids are good players, but they're even better people."
Boclair and Bowie are both guards who hail from San Antonio, Texas, while both Fatuesi (Santa Clara) and Matthews (Long Beach) will join the Ute roster from California. Fatuesi is a center, while Matthews will fill out the Ute front court as a forward.
Continue below for more on each player:
6-0 / F / San Antonio, Texas / Brennan High School
Levrets on Boclair: "Tanaeya possesses a very diverse skill set. She can play multiple positions and is a very talented offensive player with a great `motor' and a competitiveness about her. She has an opportunity to make an immediate impact at the college level."
Led Brennan High School to a 97-19 record and three district titles in last three years ... two-time District 28 4A Player of the Year ... averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists per game during junior season ... 4A All-Area selection ... two-time member of San Antonio Express-News San Antonio Super Team ... named San Antonio Athlete of the Year (for all sports) ... Texas Association of Basketball Coaches First Team All-Region ... TABC First Team All-State ... UIL All-Tournament Team ... 4A First-Team All-Texas ... earned spot on all-state tournament team in 2012-13 ... team MVP in 2010-11 and 2011-12 ... played for San Antonio's Finest club team ... member of the National Honor Society ... District 28 4A First-Team All-Academic ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... intends to major in Psychology at the University of Utah.
5-9 / G / San Antonio, Texas / Johnson High School
Levrets on Bowie: "Gabby is a very talented wing player who has the ability to play all three guard spots. She has a unique ability to rebound. She will add athleticism along the guard line and is an incredibly competitive young woman."
First-Team all-district selection last season ... averaged 13.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, three steals and three assists per game as a junior ... Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region 25 pick in 5A ... named team MVP ... play's club ball with San Antonio's Finest ... member of the National Honor Society ... volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics ... intends to major in Sports Medicine at the University of Utah.
6-4 / C / Wilcox HS / Santa Clara, Calif.
Levrets on Fatuesi: "Joeseta is a very skilled post player. She has the ability to play on the perimeter and in the post. Her ability to play both inside and out will fit our system very well. Obviously her ability to shoot the ball well from the perimeter and to pass the basketball will allow her to have an immediate impact when she arrives on our campus. As with all of the other players we have signed, she is an incredible young person."
Led team to 23-5 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the SCVAL De Anza Division last season ... ranked 10th the NorCalPreps.com Top 40 ... averaged 22.4 points, 17 rebounds and six assists as a junior ... 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and six assists per game during her prep career ... 2012-13 Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection ... two-time all-state selection ... SCVAL De Anza Division MVP in 2012-13 ... plays for JBS Elite Club ... San Jose Mercury News Junior of the Year ... league MVP ... team MVP ... earned the team's Coach Award ... Prep2Prep Junior of the Year ... Prep2Prep de Anza League Player of the Year ... MVP of the league during sophomore year ... San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year ... San Jose Mercury News Fresh and Sophomore of the Year ... state freshman player of the year ... all-state freshman first team selection ... all-state and team MVP during freshman year ... president of the Poly Club and member of the Christian Club ... intends to major in Sociology at the University of Utah.
Jada Matthews 6-1 / F / Long Beach, Calif. / Poly H.S.
Levrets on Matthews: "Jada has a very unique skill set. She can play on the perimeter like a guard, but has size and the ability to play in the post. She is a proven winner on all levels as she's grown and is a wonderful young person who we're thrilled to have as part of our basketball team."
Led the Jackrabbits to their fifth CIF state championship in eight years in 2012-13 ... named MVP of the CIF State Championships ... all-league pick during junior season at Long Beach Poly after averaging 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game ... also shot 45 percent from the floor with a 37 percent performance from beyond the arc and blocked 39 shots last season ... plays AAU ball with the Cal Sparks ... honor roll student at Long Beach Poly High School ... intends to major in Sports Marketing at the University of Utah.
The current Ute squad hosts 15th-ranked Nebraska at 5:30 p.m. MT in a contest that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Go to the game preview for all of the details.