2016 commit Kylee Shook says CARDS
You had to figure with all the time Jeff Walz spent in Colorado Springs this summer coaching the USA team he might have his eyes open for some possible talent in the area that might be Cardinal material.
Say "Hello!" to Kylee Shook, a 6'4" do-it-all for Mesa Ridge high school as a junior last year and the newest commit for the class of 2016. She said "Go Cards!" Tuesday night to Coach Walz...according to her dad Jerry during a Walz visit to the house.
She averaged nearly a triple-double for her school this season with 18.3 points, 14.9 rebounds and 8.1 blocks per game. According to reports, she and her dad were very impressed during their visit here for the UNC game with the campus, facilities, team and coaches.
She's a excellent volleyball player as well and will give Walz good length and overall quickness as a possible "3" or "4" for the Cards. She was a member of the 2013-14 Mesa Ridge State Championship team as a sophomore but they were knocked out of this season's playoffs at the end of February.
Shook had indicated early in February that the Cards were in her top three...along with Colorado and Washington. She had a rare quadruple-double in a game this season with 24 points, 22 rebounds, 11 assists and 12 blocks.
She has also been selected to play in the 2015 "The Show"...an annual game in Denver that takes the top 40 high school gals and guys and creates (4) ten-player teams that compete in the Pepsi Center.
Our readers mention height as something they'd like to see more of on the Cardinal roster in future years. How's 6'4" work for you? A versatile 6'4" that, according to some, better not hang out too close to the Cardinal Volleyball domain over in the YUM practice arena on campus...Anne Kordes might kidnap and utilize her on her wide net front-line contingent.
Thanks to Cardinal Couple reader and contest winner Doug Anderson for finding and sending a interview Ms. Shook did earlier this season...
KYLEE SHOOK TALKS HOOPS
TAJA COLE ON A ROLL...
And...while we're on the subject of recruits...
Senior basketball player Taja Cole of L.C. Bird was named the Virginia player of the year by Gatorade. Cole averages 19.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.3 steals for the Skyhawks, who play today in the 5A state semifinals.
Cole, a 5-foot-7 point guard who has committed Louisville, was named a McDonald’s All-American earlier this year and first-team All-Metro last year.
She scored a school-record 38 points against previously undefeated Highland Springs in the region semifinals. Her performance propelled the Skyhawks to the state tournament.
Cole is a member of the L.C. Bird leadership program and volunteers at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. She maintains a B average.