April 24, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's basketball head coach Todd Buchanan announced the signing of New Mexico Junior College forward Te'onna Campbell to a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-13 season on Tuesday.
"Te'onna makes us a much more athletic team," Buchanan said. "Defensively, she has the skill set to guard inside-out, positions one through four, which says a lot about her versatility. She's incredibly athletic and we feel great about her jumper from 15 feet. At the end of the day, she's a slasher and can create a lot of mismatches.
"Everybody on our staff did a tremendous job and I give them a ton of credit," Buchanan continued. "(Associate Head Coach) Wade (Scott) did a great job of kicking the door open and creating a relationship early and (Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator) Ravon (Justice) and (Assistant Coach) Leah (Foster) were relentless in their recruiting efforts as we weathered some storms with teams coming in late."
Campbell, a 5-10 forward from Ontario, Calif., becomes the seventh member of the incoming signing class and the first junior college transfer to ink with the Cougars and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
In two seasons at New Mexico Junior College, Campbell averaged 12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 44 percent (202-of-464) from the field.
Campbell earned NJCAA Second-Team All-America honors and was named the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Player of the Year last season after helping lead the Thunderbirds to a 26-4 overall record and their first appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament with averages of 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
As a freshman at NMJC, Campbell led the team with 15.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest en route to WJCAC First-Team honors.
Campbell attended Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., averaging a team-best 21.7 points and 3.6 steals per game as a senior to lead the Titans to a 19-6 record.
"I feel great about everything Te'onna brings to our basketball team," Buchanan said. "Te'onna not only adds versatility to both sides of the ball, but she's another piece to the puzzle, which is depth. As good as we were two years ago, we didn't have the luxury of depth. This has the potential to be the deepest and most athletic team we've had to date."
Campbell joins six Texas prospects that inked with the Cougars in the early signing period in November, which includes forwards Marche Amerson (6-1, Rudder HS, Bryan, Texas), Taylor Gilbert (6-2, Hightower HS, Missouri City, Texas) and twin sister Tyler Gilbert (6-2, Hightower HS, Missouri City, Texas), and guards Jessieka Palmer (6-0, G, La Marque HS, La Marque, Texas), Alecia Smith (5-7, PG, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas) and Bianca Winslow (5-7, G, Bellaire HS, Bellaire, Texas).
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Player Pos. Ht. Class-Exp. Hometown-High School Marche Amerson F 6-1 Fr.-HS Bryan, Texas-Rudder HS Taylor Gilbert F 6-2 Fr.-HS Missouri City, Texas-Hightower HS Tyler Gilbert F 6-2 Fr.-HS Missouri City, Texas-Hightower HS Jessieka Palmer G 6-0 Fr.-HS La Marque, Texas-La Marque HS Alecia Smith PG 5-7 Fr.-HS Cedar Hill, Texas-Cedar Hill HS Bianca Winslow G 5-7 Fr.-HS Bellaire, Texas-Bellaire HS Te'onna CampbellF 5-10 Jr.-TR Ontario, Calif.-New Mexico JC
The Cougars also recently added Houston Baptist transfer Destini Texada (6-0, F), who will become eligible for her senior season beginning in January of 2013.
Various recruiting services ranked the early six-player class among the nation's top-40 recruiting hauls, including Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (No. 22) and ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 39).