UCLA Women's Basketball Signs Nation's No. 3-Ranked Recruiting Class

Nov. 9, 2006

UCLA head women's basketball coach Kathy Olivier announced today the signing of six of the nation's most highly regarded standouts - 6-4 center Regina Rogers, 6-4 forward Christina Nzekwe, 6-4 forward Candice Brown, 6-1 forward Nina Earl, 5-10 guard Doreena Campbell and 5-9 guard Darxia Morris - to national letters-of-intent. The group, which will enter UCLA in the fall of 2007 as freshmen and become members of the 2007-08 Bruin team, is ranked as the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation by The All Star Girls Report and tied for No. 8 by Hoop Gurlz.com.



Regina Rogers


Rogers, a 6-4 center, averaged 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game last season for Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, WA. She was the MVP of the 2006 Washington State 3A Tournament and was named to the first-team All-State Tournament squad. Rogers was also named the 2006 Player of the Year in the Metro League by the Seattle Times, in addition, to being a first-team all-league selection. She was an honorable mention All-American selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is regarded as the nation's number six center by HoopGurlz.com and the No. 44 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report.



Christina Nzekwe


Nzekwe, a 6-4 forward, is Rogers' teammate at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, WA. She was named to the first-team of the Washington State 3A All-Tournament squad after averaging 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 2.7 assists during the 2006 State tournament. In 2005, she was named to the first-team 3A All-State unit selected by the Associated Press. She was named MVP of the Metro League in 2005 and was a second-team All-State selection by the Seattle Times. She was an honorable mention All-America selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is regarded as one of the nation's top 12 forwards by HoopGurlz.com and the No. 61 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report.



Candice Brown


Brown, a 6-4 forward, averaged 12.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game last season for Bishop Amat High School in LaPuente, CA. She was selected to the 2006 adidas Top 10 all-star team and was the CIF Southern Section III-A Co-Player of the Year. She is an honorable mention All-America selection by Street and Smith's magazine and is regarded as the nation's No. 16 player by All Star Girls Report and one of the nation's top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com. Her high school team has posted a record of 101-5 over the last three seasons and has captured back-to-back State championships.



Doreena Campbell


Campbell, a 5-10 guard, averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game last season Edison High School in Alexandria, VA. She was selected a 2006 EA Sports All-American, a 2006 Student Sports Underclass All-American and an honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's magazine. Campbell is regarded as the No. 35 player in the nation by All Star Girls Report and one of the nation's Top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com. She was named 2006 first-team All-Metro in the Washington, DC area, first-team All-State by the Associated Press of Virginia and first-team All-State by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. She earned first-team Virginia State Tournament, first-team All-Region (DC, VA, MD) and a 2006 AAA first-team All-State pick. In 2005, she earned first-team All-State by the Virginia High School Coaches Association and second-team All-State by the Associated Press.



Nina Earl


Earl is a 6-1 forward who averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.5 blocks last season for Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, CA. She was named an honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's magazine, the nation's No. 30 player by All Star Girls Report, one of the nation's Top 100 players by HoopGurlz.com and to the 2006 adidas Top 10 all-star team.



Darxia Morris


Morris is a 5-9 guard who averaged 12.1 points, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.7 rebounds last season for Muir High School in Pasadena, CA. She is considered one of the top players in southern California and played with Earl and Brown on the FBC club team that went undefeated this past summer.

'With the signing of this group, we have continued to be successful in our quest to keep the best players in Southern California and on the West Coast here at home and added significantly to our team depth and size,' said Olivier. 'Each student-athlete brings a great deal of talent, experience and promise to the table. Each comes from a winning program and brings a number of positive intangibles to our team in addition to her outstanding playing ability. This class has a great combination of shooting, size and quickness. We have now put together another top-level recruiting class, which makes me very excited about the future of UCLA Basketball. Each of these players will add a great deal more to that excitement.'

(All player images courtesy HoopGurlz.com)

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