Women Of Troy Sign Nationally Recognized Recruiting Class Of Six

Nov. 18, 2002

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- USC women's basketball signed six players to letters of intent -- including four prep All-American selections -- for the 2004 season, head coach Chris Gobrecht announced today. Jamie Funn of Los Angeles, Markisha Lea of Riverside, Eshaya Murphy of Van Nuys, Chloe Kerr of Bollingbrook, Ill., Allison Jaskowiak of Chesterfield, Mo., and Katie Henderson of Redmond, Wash., make up what has already been ranked as the nation's No. 9 recruiting class of 2003 in Blue Star Report.

'This is the kind of recruiting class that establishes a foundation for the future,' said Gobrecht, who is in her sixth season at USC. 'These student-athletes are not only excellent basketball players, but also strong students and outstanding people. They are the type of recruits you can build your program on.'

Funn, a 6-foot-2 forward from Los Angeles' Narbonne High, was a 2001 Street & Smith honorable mention selection. She helped lead the Gauchos to the 2002 Los Angeles City Section title and advance to the Southern California regional final. After averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game as a junior, she was also named first team All-Los Angeles City section and second team All-Marine League. At USC, Funn will join former Narbonne High all-stars Jessica Cheeks and Ebony Hoffman.

Lea is a 6-foot-1 center from Riverside (Calif.) King High, who averaged 22.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game as a junior. A 2002 Riverside All-County third team selection by the Riverside Press Enterprise, she finished the 2002 season among the CIF Southern Section's top 25 in both scoring and rebounding. Her brother, Marvin Lea, is a current freshman on the Pepperdine men's basketball team.

A 5-foot-11 forward at Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, Murphy was the 2002 Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year after leading her team to the CIF Southern Section championship game last season. Murphy, who has spent time playing at both guard and forward, led the Southern Section in scoring (32.1 ppg) and rebounding (22.0 rpg), while finishing among the top 25 in field goal percentage (53.9), free throw percentage (75.4) and three-point field goal percentage (41.5) as a junior. Among her many accolades, she was a 2001 and 2002 Street & Smith All-American honorable mention selection, the 2001 CIF Southern Section 5AA Player of the Year, 2002 CIF 4A Player of the Year and two-time (2001, 2002) CIF Area Player of the Year.

Kerr, a 6-foot-3 center, helped lead Bollingbrook (Ill.) High to a 25-3 record and the 2002 city sectional finals as a junior. Averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.0 blocks per game in 2002, she received her second consecutive All-Area selection and was named to the Chicago Sun Times' All-State team and Chicago Tribune All-State and All-Area teams. She is a two-time Street & Smith All-America honorable mention selection (2001, 2002), who also attended the 2001 Adidas Top 10 Camp in 2001 and the Nike All-America Camp in 2002. Her father, Lloyd Sr., and uncle, Floyd Kerr, played basketball at Colorado State. Floyd is the athletic director at Southern University.

Jaskowiak is a 5-foot-11 guard/forward from Parkway West High in St. Louis, Mo. An all-around athlete, she plays varsity volleyball and basketball, maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is this year's student body president. Jaskowiak was honored as the 2002 Suburban West Basketball Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game as a junior. She was also a second team all-state selection in volleyball last season.

Henderson is a 6-0 forward at Redmond (Wash.) High. Last season, she helped lead the Mustangs to a 22-7 overall record by averaging 5.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Henderson plays both varsity volleyball and basketball.

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