No. 7/7 Stanford Inks Three Top Recruits

Nov. 10, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - Morgan Clyburn, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Jillian Harmon each signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Stanford, Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer announced today. The trio will arrive on The Farm next fall as members of the Class of 2009.

'We are very excited that these three will becoming to Stanford,' noted VanDerveer. 'We've worked with all three, they've come to our camps and we know them. We know them as people and we're very excited about the intangibles, especially how competitive they are. They are three very different players at three different positions, all positions that our team really needs. We're counting on all of them to contribute as freshmen.'

Clyburn, a Conroe, Texas native, attends Oak Ridge High School. Last summer, she was named an Adidas Top Ten Camp Upperclass All-Star and is ranked as the No. 21 prospect by All Star Girls Report. A three-time Street & Smith All-America honorable mention, Clyburn averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks per game last season. As a junior, she was named TABC 4A All-State First Team and TABC All-Region First Team. As a freshman, she was tabbed the District Newcomer of the Year and has been named All-District First Team in the past two years. Last season, Clyburn was also honored as the District Co-Player of the Year.

'I based my decision to come to Stanford on it being the best combination of academics and basketball that you can find any where,' noted Clyburn. 'It's a great coaching staff, a great school and a great team. Plus it's in California, and you can't go wrong with that! I'm really excited to play with the team, they've had a lot of success in the past and I'm looking forward to being a part of that. And I'm excited to get to play with Ros and Jillian!'

'Morgan is 6-4 and a excellent post player,' said VanDerveer. 'She can play with her back to the basket or she can face up. She's got great size. She's a hard worker and she'll fit well in our system.'

Gold-Onwude, a native of Briarwood, N.Y., attends Archbishop Molloy High School. Ranked No. 53 in the country by All Star Girls Report, she has helped her squad to the Class A title last year and the Class B title in her sophomore season. As a junior, Gold-Onwude averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, five rebounds and four assists per game. She was named the Adidas All-America Camp Team MVP and an All Star Game participant. She was selected as an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith and was presented with the inaugural New York Knicks Dave DeBusschere Award, presented to the top male and female athlete in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on an annual basis.

Gold-Onwude, a three-time Archbishop Molloy MVP, earned First-Team honors from New York Newsday and New York Daily News as a junior and also earned New York State Class AA Second-Team honors. Last year, she was also honored by Archbishop Molloy HS as the Student Athlete of the Year.

'For me, it's easy to see why I'd want to go to Stanford - it's the best combination academically and athletically,' noted Gold-Onwude. 'At Stanford, you're surrounded by excellent people and it's a great motivation because there's only one way to go: up! I'm also really excited to play for Tara. She has done so much and helped develop so many players and I was really looking for a coach who would be a teacher. I have a lot to learn and a lot to accomplish.'

'Ros is an extraordinary passer and a very intelligent basketball player,' said VanDerveer. 'She is a point guard with excellent size. She sees the floor very well and is a physical and strong player. She will play a position that we really need and we expect her to contribute to our team immediately.'

Harmon, a Lake Oswego, Ore.-native, attends Lakeridge High School. As a junior, she averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four assists per game and helped her squad claim second place in the state last year. She was named the Oregon Player of the Year as a sophomore and a junior (no Oregonian has earned the honor three times). She participated in the USA Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs and in the Nike All-American camp last summer.

'I chose Stanford because it is the best of both worlds academically and athletically,' commented Harmon. 'The basketball program is among the best in the country and so are the academics. I have wanted to play basketball for Stanford ever since I can remember,and this signing is a dream come true.'

'Jillian is very versatile,' added VanDerveer. 'She has good size at 6-1 and really understands the game well. She's a great scorer and rebounder. She's just a good all-around player and she does a lot of things for her team. She's a very dedicated player and someone that we're counting on to have a great career.'