ASU Women's Basketball Signs Three
Nov. 15, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - A pair of explosive posts from Southern California and a top guard from the Pacific Northwest, highlight the 2008 Arizona State women's basketball signing class announced by head coach Charli Turner Thorne.
Kimberly Brandon, Alex Earl and Janae Fulcher signed letters of intent to study and compete at Arizona State.
'All of our new ASU women's basketball players, Kimberly, Alex and Janae, are as giving as they are determined and will be incredible teammates and role models in our community,' said Turner Thorne. 'As is our tradition, they all come from unbelievably loving and supportive families. I feel incredibly blessed to get to coach these tremendous young women and look forward to helping them grow and become all they can be.'
A 6-2 forward, Brandon is an exceptional talent, whose versatility and explosiveness will benefit the Sun Devils right away in 2008-09. Brandon, who is ranked the No. 92 overall player in the country (No. 22 at her position) by hoopgurlz.com, will be coming to ASU from Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Calif., where in 2006-07 she averaged a double-double in points and rebounds in leading her team to the City Section title while earning all-league honors along the way.
'Kimberly is one of the fiercest competitors I have watched and truly has the heart of a champion,' said Turner Thorne. 'Kimberly will be one of the most explosive forwards we have ever had at ASU. She is a versatile scorer and dominant rebounder, who is going to be able to take over games with her aggressive defensive prowess.
'Kimberly has overcome great hardship to position herself to be a great scholar and athlete through the mentorship and tremendous determination of her adopted mom and high school coach Michelle Chevalier and club coach Andre Chevalier. She will work to lead Chatsworth High School to a state championship in California Division I.'
A 5-10 guard, Earl has been a four-year member of the varsity squad at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore. The team leader in assists, steals and three-point field goals, Earl was named third-team all-state and first team all-league in 2007 following a season in which she helped lead the Skyhawks to their third consecutive 6A state title. A 2006-07 Street & Smith's Prep All-American Honorable Mention selection, Earl also earned all-league notice in 2005 and 2006, was named to the Oregon City `End of the Trail' All-Tournament Team in 2005 and 2006 (also earned MVP honors in '06), and played on Team Concept during the 2007 Nike Elite Regional Camp. In addition to her ability on the hardwood, Earl was also a four-year starter on Southridge's soccer team, earning second-team all-state honors in 2005 and first-team all-league honors in 2005 and 2007. Earl, whose father has coached basketball, was also a U.S. National Team member in 2004 and was on the Olympic Development Team for the state of Oregon for three years.
'Alex definitely plays like a `Coach's kid' said Turner Thorne. 'Her court awareness and understanding of the game combined with her outstanding skills and athleticism truly separate her.
'Alex is one of the best guards in the country at one of the best high school girls' basketball programs in the country. She is a great shooter and floor leader who will be able to play all three guard positions for us. She is savvy, intense and fun-loving all at the same time. I truly look forward to her being a Sun Devil.'
Fulcher will be coming to Tempe from Country Day High School in La Jolla, Calif., where the 6-3 post has averaged 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during her first three years on the varsity squad. Named team captain for the 2007-08 season, Fulcher is ranked the No. 15 post player by Girls Basketball Report in addition to being named an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News and a McDonald's All-American nominee. Last season Fulcher averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game on her way to a bevy of honors, including All-CIF Div. IV First Team, UT All-San Diego Section First Team, Hall of Champions All-County First Team and Street & Smith's All-American Honorable Mention. Country Day would go on to be Coastal League champions and CIF SD Section Div. IV champions. In 2005-06, Fulcher nearly averaged a double-double every game with 9.9 points and 9.5 rebounds every time she stepped on the floor. She would go on to be named All-League First Team Coastal South, All-CIF Div. IV First Team and UT All-San Diego Section First Team in helping lead Country Day to Coastal League and CIF SD Section Div. IV titles before finishing as a Southern Regional runner-up.
'Janae is an aggressive, hardworking lefty post who absolutely has an unbelievable level of focus and competitive spirit,' said Turner Thorne. 'We have been following Janae since she was in ninth grade and we knew then that we wanted her here. She is a relentless post player who has competed at the highest level for one of the top high school programs in California.
'Janae is everything we look for in a Sun Devil - passionate, determined and a great scorer and rebounder with a defensive mentality.'
Currently No. 14 in the country, the 2007-08 Sun Devils resume play on Thursday night when they host the Chinese National Team at 6:30 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena. It will be the first of three home games they will play in five days as they will host UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (4 p.m.) and Yale on Monday (6:30 p.m.).