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Graves Adds 6-8 Center to 2021 Signing Class

Nov 22, 2020

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon women's basketball coach Kelly Graves added a big presence to the Ducks' 2021 recruiting class on Sunday morning, officially signing 6-foot-8 center Phillipina Kyei to a National Letter of Intent.

A native Canadian hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Kyei will become the tallest player in program history when she officially joins the Ducks. Sophomore Sedona Prince is currently tied as Oregon's tallest player ever at 6-foot-7.

A dynamic athlete, Kyei announced her commitment on the Crestwood Prep Instagram account, ending the video with a dunk.

"I think Phillipina has a chance to be a really good player," said Graves. "She's a really good athlete, especially for someone of her size, and is a very unselfish player. She's a terrific shot-blocker with the ability to impact the game in a big way defensively. She's going to be able to come in and help us and I'm excited to get her here to Eugene."

Kyei joins top-25 guard Taylor Bigby, who signed with the Ducks last week, in Oregon's 2021 recruiting class. Kyei chose UO over a final five that included Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fla.) and Texas.

"Phillipina is an amazing young lady with a great passion for the game," said Marlo Davis, Kyei's coach at Crestwood Prep in Toronto. "She's all about the team and is a very hard worker, just a couple reasons why I think she is going to be successful at the next level."

"We are extremely proud of Phillipina and know that she will make a great addition to the Oregon women's basketball family," said Lisa Newton, the Crestwood athletic director. "In the time she has been with Crestwood, she has made a very positive impact on our basketball community. Her passion for basketball and her enthusiasm is contagious for all those around her. We look forward to watching Phillipina grow as a student and a player next year in Oregon."