Star guard Kristi Kingma confirmed her college plans this past Wednesday when she submitted an NCAA National Letter of Intent to the University of Washington women’s basketball program. Today, for the first time, first-year Huskies head coach Tia Jackson commented on the 5-foot-10 Jackson High School standout and UW’s other new recruits.
Here’s what Jackson said about Kingma, who is ranked No. 44 among Class of 2008 players and 14th among guards by HoopGurlz.com.
“Kristi is an explosive guard who sees the floor well and excels at finishing around the basket. Her other more notable gift is her ability to perfect the mid-range game. She is a bright student who brings a high level of basketball intelligence to our program. Her ability to play both guard positions is something that fits right in with what we are trying to accomplish here.”
Another local student-athlete recently signed with Washington, but for a different sport. Meadowdale senior Matt Gorman, a right-handed pitcher, will play baseball for the Huskies. Gorman is part of a nine-player recruiting class that includes only in-state competitors.
“It’s a pitching-dominated class,” Washington head baseball coach Ken Knutson said. “It really compliments our group of freshmen this season, which is comprised mainly of position players.”
“Matt’s a very good athlete,” Knutson said of Gorman. “He’s got great potential on the mound. We’ve seen him throw 90 (mph), so if he concentrates on pitching, he could really take off.”
Gorman is part of a UW recruiting class that received a No. 11 national ranking.