Women's Hoops Signs Heidi McNeill To National Letter of Intent

Nov. 10, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. --Washington women's basketball has signed prep standout Heidi McNeill from Oak Harbor, Wash., to a national letter of intent, Husky head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday.

McNeill is a 6-3 forward from Oak Harbor High School who as a freshman and sophomore led her prep team to two 4A state tournament berths. As a junior last year she averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds, earned second-team all-state honors and became Oak Harbor's all-time leading scorer. McNeill is also a two-time Street & Smith honorable mention All-American and a two-time Seattle PI Top-10 Regional All-Star.

'Heidi has a champion's mentality, both in the classroom and on the court,' Daugherty said. 'She is a dedicated worker who brings a great deal of experience and team play. Washington's ability to sign a power forward of Heidi's size and high skill level is the exact fit for our recruiting needs. Her quickness, vertical jump and rebounding will be a welcome addition. Her speed in transition will certainly add to our ability to be an up-tempo pressing and running team.'

McNeill is a three-time first-team All-Wesco North selection and a three-time All-Area selection as well. As a freshman, she averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, leading her squad to a first-place league finish and a second-place district finish. Her sophomore season saw Oak Harbor High finish third in league and second in the district, led by McNeill's 16 points and 8.5 boards per game.

McNeill played for area club teams Seattle Heat out of Snohomish, Wash., Seattle Magic and Oak Harbor Cats. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Ore. (2001), the Strictly Hoops Cal Classic in San Rafael, Calif. (2003) and the Strictly Hoops Best of the Best in Reno, Nev. (2003). McNeill also earned MVP honors at the Oregon Prep Basketball Tournament in Oregon City.

McNeill is also a standout volleyball player having earned second-team all-league honors as a four-year member of the squad. She was the volleyball team's Most Valuable Player in 2003. An excellent student, she is a three-year member the Academic Honor Roll.

McNeill is the daughter of Ed and Hermina, and has an older sister Heather (20). She is contemplating a career in engineering.

Heidi McNeill
Forward o 6-4
Oak Harbor, Wash. (Oak Harbor HS)

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain in basketball at Oak Harbor High School...two-time Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-American (2003, 2004)...two-time Seattle PI Top-10 Regional All-Star (2003, 2004)...second-team All-State selection in 2004...first-team All-Area honoree in 2003...two-time second-team All-Area selection (2002, 2004)... three-time first-team All-Wesco North selection...led Oak Harbor to two 4A state tournament berths as a freshman and sophomore...as a junior averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds...averaged 16 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2003 and 14 points and eight rebounds in 2002...team finished first in league and second in district in 2002...team finished third in league and second in district in 2003...played eight years of AAU basketball...played for Seattle Heat (99-01, 03-04), Seattle Magic (2002) and Oak Harbor Cats (96-99)...named to all-tournament teams at the End of the Oregon Trail (2001), Strictly Hoops Cal Classic (2003) and Strictly Hoops Best of the Best (2003)...MVP of the Oregon Prep Basketball Tournament...four-year letterwinner in volleyball...three-time second-team all-league selection and earned team MVP honors in 2003.

PERSONAL: Heidi Mae McNeill...born Oct. 23, 1986, in Coupeville, Wash....parents are Ed and Hermina...has an older sister Heather (20)...contemplating a career in engineering...enjoys horseback riding, reading and movies...selected Washington over Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Boston College, Santa Clara and Gonzaga...three-year member of Academic Honor Roll.

Oak Harbor Girls Basketball Coach Brett McLeod on McNeill:
'Heidi can run and jump, and does many positive things on both sides of the floor. Her averages in scoring and rebounding have gone up every year. Her athleticism allows her to face up to her opponent and put the ball on the floor when necessary. It is a natural fit for Heidi to go to Washington. She is a coachable player, she wants to keep getting better, she and her family are Husky fans and this is a dream come true for her to be invited to play there. The transition is made even easier by the fact that our high school team colors are also purple and gold, so she has the wardrobe to fit in. In every way, Heidi has been a positive force in Oak Harbor basketball and is sure to be the same for Washington.'