Houston vs. Duke - November 19, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
Undersized front-court player who possesses a knack for getting the job done ... Role player and fierce competitor ... Hard worker and will be a key player on the court because of the intangibles she brings.
PRIOR TO HOUSTON
Attended Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Okla. from 2004-06 ... Played for coach Scott Morris ... Team was 25-8 in both seasons James spent in Enid, earning the runner-up slot in Region II in 2005 and a quarterfinal spot in 2006 ... Named First Team All-Region II in 2006 as well as the Bi-State West Conference MVP ... Tallied 25 points, a season-best in the Region II quarterfinal game last year.
Prepped at Edmund Memorial HS in Edmund, Okla. for coaches Shane Coffey and Brandi Despain ... Named All-State by both the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Oklahoma Girl's Basketball Coaches Association ... Played on an Oklahoma All-Star team that compted during a Texas-Oklahoma game ... Was a two-year state qualifier in the long jump ... Member of both the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.
Full name is Whitney DeAnne James ... Born April 1, 1986, in Edmond, Okla. ... Daughter of David and Barbara James ... Chose UH because it was a good school in a nice area ... Lists her hobbies as scrapbooking and completing word and puzzle games ... Biology major ... Also recruited by Arkansas State, Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Christian.