Women's Basketball Signs Four To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 13, 2002

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Dominique Banks

Cameo Hicks

Maggie O'Hara

Breanne Watson

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington women's basketball program has signed four high school seniors to national letters of intent, head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday. The Huskies' 2002 signing class includes Dominique Banks (Stockton, Calif.), Cameo Hicks (Tracy, Calif.), Maggie O'Hara (Boise, Idaho) and Breanne Watson (Richmond, British Columbia). All four will join the Husky program in the fall of 2003.

'We're very excited about this year's recruiting class because of the multi-talented individuals who are coming to Washington from well coached high school programs,' Daugherty said.

Banks, a 5-8 guard from St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif., led her prep team to two state titles, one state runner-up finish and three league championships during her tenure. Banks was named the All-Area Player of the Year during her junior campaign, and was an All-Area first-team selection as a sophomore. She was also the 2000-01 Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.

'Dominique Banks possesses the versatility, talent and competitiveness to play numerous outside positions on the basketball court,' Daugherty said. 'She is extremely talented offensively, sees the floor well and can score in huge numbers.'

A 5-10 guard, Hicks joins the Huskies from Tracy, Calif. and Merrill F. West High School where she is a McDonald All-America nominee and an All-CIF scholastic selection. Hicks, a three-year captain and three-year scholar-athlete, earned league MVP honors and led her squad to a league championship crown during her junior campaign. She was also a two-time all-league selection as a sophomore and freshman.

'Cameo Hicks is a talented off-guard with good speed and scoring abilities,' Daugherty said. 'She's a tireless worker on defense and is a strong playmaker.'

O'Hara, a 6-3 forward from Boise's Timberline High School, led her prep squad to a runner-up state finish last season. As a junior she was named first-team All-Idaho and first-team all-conference, while earning S.I.C. All-Academic honors. O'Hara was also a BCI All-American and the BCI Spring Tournament's MVP in 2002. A letterwinner in track and swimming, O'Hara finished fifth at the state meet in the 300-meter hurdles in 2001.

'Maggie O'Hara is a tough, talented front line player who rebounds extremely well on both ends of the floor,' Daugherty said. 'She is an accomplished post player with outstanding footwork in the key area and beyond.'

A 6-1 forward from Richmond, B.C., Watson comes to Seattle from R.A. McMath High School where she has been a three-year letterwinner and three-year co-captain in basketball. Watson was a first-team Canadian Juvenile National All-Star in 2002 and was a three-time invitee to the Nike All-Canada Camp (2000-02). Watson was also invited to tryout for the Canadian Junior National Volleyball Team in during her sophomore and junior seasons.

'Breanne Watson optimizes the phrase 'blue collar worker' as she competes every second on the court both offensively and defensively,' Daugherty said. 'She is an athletically accomplished player capable of playing several positions for the Husky program.'

Husky women's hoops signed four top recruits to national letters of intent, head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday.

Letter of Intent Biographies To Follow...

Dominique Banks
Guard o 5-8 o Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's High School)

o Helped lead prep squad to two state championship crowns and one runner-up finish
o Team has won three straight league titles (San Joaquin Athletic Association)
o All-Area Player of the Year as a junior
o All-Area First-Team selection as a sophomore
o 2000-01 Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year
o Three-year letterwinner in basketball
o Team captain as a junior
o Chose Washington over USC and Pepperdine

At St. Mary's High School
Junior (2001-02): Led team to state championship title and third-straight league crown...named All-Area Player of the Year...named Sportsmanship Award Winner...team captain...earned End of Oregon MVP honors and Sierra Shootout All-Tournament team honors playing with Stockton Mystics...also named the Oregon City Tournament MVP and was an all-tournament team selection...Sophomore (2000-01): Helped team to runner-up state finish and second-straight league crown...earned All-Area first-team honors...named Stockton Black Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year...Freshman (1999-00): Member of state and league championship teams.

Personal: Dominique Banks...born Sept. 5, 1985, in Stockton, Calif....daughter of Janatta Taylor...mother is a postal worker...has a brother Brandon Dunlap (13)...carries a 3.16 grade point average.

June Daugherty on Dominique Banks
' Banks' 'in your face' attitude on defense will give the Huskies additional toughness and competitive fire on that end of the floor. Banks also will be looked upon to provide court leadership with her calm demeanor and high level of understanding of the game of basketball.'

St. Mary's HS and Stockton Mystics Coach Tom Gonzalves on Dominique Banks
'She's been to three state championships her first three years. She plays her best when it's a transition game. She's a very strong guard. Her strength is penetrating and pulling up for a 15-foot or 17-foot jumper. She's capable of hitting the three. She's just a winner. She plays hard all the time. She rebounds extremely well for a guard. She plays every position for us and she's not one of those players you can put a number on such as a 1 or a 2. She's the type of athlete that just excels on the court. She creates mismatches for teams because she's so strong. It would be hard to match up a guard to guard her because she's so strong. When we played Oregon City this summer, they didn't have anyone that could defend her because she's strong and slashes extremely well to the basket. You'll find that she's a player that can take people to the hoop real well. If you get the ball off of her she'll pull up and hit a jumper. I think she'll be able to do the same thing at the Division I level. She's very confident in herself. She's always been in a winning program, she's used to winning, she expects to win and I think she'll bring that same type of mentality to Washington.'

Cameo Hicks
Guard/Forward o 5-10 o Tracy, Calif. (Merrill F. West HS)

o McDonald All-American Nominee
o All-CIF scholastic selection
o League MVP (2002) and two-time first-team all-league selection (2000, 2001)
o Two-time 'All-Area' team selection by The Record (Stockton, Calif.)
o Three-year letterwinner in basketball
o Three-year captain including senior season
o Three-year scholar athlete
o Also a three-year letterwinner in volleyball
o Second-team all-league in volleyball (2001)
o Chose Washington over Cal, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Boston University

At Merrill F. West HS
Junior (2001-02): Named league MVP, helping lead squad to the league championship crown (San Joaquin Athletic Association)...Oregon City All-Tournament Team selection ...Sophomore (2000-01): Named first-team all-league for second-straight season...team finished third in conference...Freshman (1999-2000): First-team all-league selection as a freshman...team finished third in conference.

Personal: Cameo Hicks...daughter of David and Tina Hicks...born Dec. 12, 1984...has a sister Shalimar (11) and brother David Jr., (8)...father is a warehouse manager and mother in a loan consultant...carries 3.7 grade point average...also plays on volleyball team...contemplating career as a public relations manager in the WNBA.

June Daugherty on Cameo Hicks
'Hicks' slashing abilities allow her to attack the rim with quickness and aggressive moves. Hicks will be a strong asset defensively with her long arm build and tenacity to take opponents out of offensive comfort zones.'

Merrill F. West HS Coach Joe Lawrence on Cameo Hicks
'She has a real good work ethic. She's played varsity all four years of her high school career and she continues to get better and better each year. She's a very good team player, she gets along with everyone. She has a very good will to win and is a very competitive person. Defensively she's a very good player. She's quick enough to guard many smaller players. She has very good vision on the floor, she passes really well. She shoots the ball well from about 18-feet in and is very consistent. She takes a lot of people off the dribble.'

Maggie O'Hara
Forward o 6-3 o Boise, Idaho (Timberline HS)
o All-Idaho and First-Team All-Conference as a junior
o Led Timberline to runner-up finish at 5A state championships
o BCI All-American (2002) - (Basketball Congress International)
o BCI Spring Tournament Most Valuable Player (2002)
o Three-year letterwinner in basketball (2000-2002)
o Two-year letterwinner in track (2001, 2002) and one-year letterwinner in swimming (2001)
o Placed fifth in the state in the 300-meter hurdles (2001)
o Also a state track qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles (2001)
o State qualifier in swimming (50m and 100m freestyle)
o Chose Washington over Utah, BYU, Boise State, Arizona State, Oregon State and Cal

At Timberline High School
Junior (2001-02): Captained 2002 squad...helped lead team to second place finish at 5A state championships...team also finished second in the region and second in the league (District 3) that same season...named first-team All-Idaho and first-team all-conference...earned S.I.C. All-Academic team honors...Sophomore (2000-01): Second-team all-conference selection...team finished third in the league and third in the region...Freshman (1999-2000): Team finished eighth in both the league and region.

Personal: Maggie O'Hara...daughter of Kevan and Tamie O'Hara...born May 30, 1985, in Boise, Idaho...has a sister Katy (18)...both parents are teachers...father Kevan played football for Boise State (1975-76)...carries a 4.06 grade point average...also competes in track and swimming...hobbies include water-skiing and horseback riding...contemplating career in teaching and coaching.

June Daugherty on Maggie O'Hara
'O'Hara's versatility as a player will allow her to set outside and utilize her long range offensive abilities. O'Hara definitely plays much bigger than 6-3 with her physical play and rebounding skills. She enjoys mixing it up and establishing her strong presence on the block.'

Timberline HS Coach Rich Clements on Maggie O'Hara
' Maggie has turned into a great basketball player but she is one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached. She'll be the kid that always spends a few extra minutes in the gym after practice to shoot. She's very very coachable, always very willing to do what you ask her to do. Maggie is also such a nice kid. Last year she was all-state and all-conference, she gets a lot of accolades and a lot of praise, but you'd never notice that just watching her walk around the halls at school. She's a great example. She's always more interested that the team does well and doesn't seem real interested in her own accomplishments. She wants to win. She's a fine player, she's very athletic but I think she'll just be a good team member. In other words, she'll be a great person to be in the University of Washington community. I don't think she's reached her potential yet for what a good basketball player she can be. She gets better and better every year. Maggie is probably one of the best defenders in Idaho, if not the best, especially at the post position. But then she's so athletic that she can go outside and guard people that can handle the ball as well. The thing she's worked on really hard the last few years is her offense. She's worked on her perimeter shooting, passing and ball handling so she really is a complete player now that can do a lot of things. Her strengths are her defense, her hustle; she fills the lane on breaks better than any kid I've seen of that size. She's fast and she can get up and down the court, she finishes well.

Breanne Watson
Forward o 6-1 o Richmond, British Columbia (R.A. McMath HS)

o Three-year letterwinner and three-year co-captain in basketball
o First-team Canadian Juvenile National All-Star (2002)
o Three-year invitee to Nike All-Canada Camp (2000-2002)
o Named B.C. Junior Girls Provincial MVP as a freshman
o Three-year letterwinner in volleyball and track and field
o Invited to try out for Canadian Junior National Volleyball Team (2001, 2002), but declined due to basketball commitment
o Tied for first place in the high jump at the Oregon Track City Classic (2001)
o Three-time B.C. Provincial All-Star in volleyball (2000-2002)
o Chose Washington over Cal, Syracuse, Santa Clara and Hawaii

At R.A. McMath HS
Junior (2001-02): Played only three games due to high school teachers' strike...member of U-17 B.C. Provincial Team that won the consolation championship at Mid Summer Night's Madness in Seattle ...Sophomore (2000-01): Helped lead team to fourth-place league finish and 15th-place finish at state championships...Freshman (1999-2000): Named B.C. Junior Girls Provincial MVP...helped team to second-place league finish and sixth-place state finish.

Personal: Breanne Watson...daughter of Brent and Sharman Watson...born March 14, 1985, in Richmond, B.C....has a younger brother Kyle (15)...father is a high school teacher, mother is an insurance supervisor...father played basketball for Washington State in the late 1960's...carries a 3.5 grade point average...also competes in volleyball and track and field.

June Daugherty on Breanne Watson
'Our neighbors to the north continue to provide several top players to the Husky program including Carli Halpenny and current WNBA player for the Portland Fire Amber Hall. Our newest addition from Richmond, BC is Breanne Watson. Her presence will be felt in our extended defenses and fast break attack as she runs the floor and finishes extremely well. When I watch her play there are certainly strong similarities to former Oklahoma All-American Stacey Dales' game and demeanor on the court.'

U-17 BC Provincial Team Coach Mike Clark on Breanne Watson
'Breanne is a tremendous athlete. She's physically strong, can really run fast and jump high. She's very quick. She has tremendous body control so she's a natural shot blocker, and rebounder. She is a real high energy person and player. She'll bring a lot of enthusiasm to the team. I know she'll be a fan favorite right off the bat just by the way that she plays. She's so enthusiastic and it shows in everything she does. She's spectacularly athletic. She can almost dunk a basketball. I've seen her get the ball over the rim but she can't quite put it down, which is unbelievable for someone 6-1. She'll sacrifice her body at any time. She'll dive on the floor, she'll fly into the chairs, she just plays with a 100 percent intensity level.'

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