Women's Basketball Signs Point Guard Juleen Smith

May 17, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Juleen Smith, a 5-5 point guard from Inglewood, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Oregon State beginning in the 2001-02 season, coach Judy Spoelstra announced Thursday.

'Juleen has to be one of the quickest point guards in the country. This will be a special treat for our fans to see us add this much quickness to our offense and defense,' Spoelstra said. 'She has good handles, court vision and a nice three-point jump shot. Her first step is super quick and she can elevate above people to get the shot off.'

Smith will come to Oregon State after a successful career at Morningside High School, where she was team captain, Defensive Player of the Year and co-Most Valuable Player. She was also a first team All-CIF selection and was recognized as an all-area player by both the L.A. Times and the Daily Breeze.

'I've always wanted to play in the Pac-10 since I started playing basketball,' Smith said. 'As soon as I met the team, it seemed like I had known them for months. It was that closeness and unity that made me feel at home.'

Smith, who also serves as a ball girl for the WNBA's L.A. Sparks, chose Oregon State over California, USC, UNLV and Grambling.

'The players and the community really sold Juleen. She has outstanding character andfits in so well with our team,' Spoelstra said. 'Probably the best gift about Juleen's game is that she loves to create opportunities for her teammates.'

'I'm glad to have the opportunity to expose my abilities and join a contending team in the Pac-10,' Smith said. 'I want to thank my family for supporting me in pursuing my dream to play in a great conference.'

Smith is the fourth women's basketball player to have signed a letter of intent with Oregon State for next season.

Oregon State women's basketball signee:

Juleen Smith, 5-5 point guard (Inglewood, Calif./Morningside HS)

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