CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois women's basketball head coach Matt Bollant announced the addition of three players to the Illini squad for the 2014-15 season. Chatrice White, Amarah Coleman and Brooke Kissinger all signed their national letters of intent with the Illini today.
The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has the class ranked 23rd overall in the NCAA, with two top-100 recruits. The class is also ranked third in the Big Ten, only behind Ohio State (1) and Nebraska (2).
"Our second top-25 recruiting class has three great players with a lot of toughness, a lot of heart and a variety of skills," Bollant said. "We are really excited about this class and believe that they're going to be difference makers for the program."
Chatrice White Shelby, Neb. // Shelby Public // 6'3
Notes: Nationally ranked No. 27 player overall and No. 4 post player in class of 2014 by ESPN HoopGurlz ... Ranked No. 54 nationally by Blue Star Basketball ... 2013 and 2012 Nebraska Class C-2 First Team ... Holds 20 individual school records, including single game scoring (43), season scoring (562), rebounds in a season (384), blocks in a season (135) and blocks in a game (12) ... Averaged 23.4 points, 14.2 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 3.17 steals in her junior year.
Coach Bollant Says: "Chatrice is one of the top three post players in the country, and is an extreme competitor that plays for one of the top AAU programs in the country- the Cornhusker Shooting Stars. She has great hands, a great frame-that all the top post players must possess and runs the floor extremely well which will allow her to excel in our program. She has a great work ethic and attitude will be an immediate difference maker for our program."
Amarah Coleman Bolingbrook, Ill. // Homewood-Flossmoor // 5'11
Notes: Ranked No. 81 overall in 2014 class and No. 19 point guard by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... Ranked No. 82 nationally by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... Former teammate of Illini freshman Kennedy Cattenhead and step-sister to Illini men's freshman Jaylon Tate.
Coach Bollant Says: "Amarah is a big time athlete who handles the ball extremely well, she can get baseline to baseline as fast as anyone in the country and has a great motor. She's a perfect combo-guard for an up-tempo program. She has played for one of the top high school programs in the country and is a very driven player, she is a player that made a tremendous jump going into this fall's evaluation period."
Brooke Kissinger Minden, Neb. // Minden // 5'7
Notes: Ranked as the No. 18 guard nationally in 2014 class by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... 2013 All-Nebraska Second Team and Class C-1 First Team ... Nebraska Girls C-1 State Tournament three-point record holder ... Averaged 19.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in leading Minden to the Class C-1 state tournament.
Coach Bollant Says: "Brooke is one of the best shooters in the country, I've seen her make five or more three's in eight different games. Brooke has demonstrated her ability to play at a very high level while playing with one of the top AAU programs in the country - the Cornhusker Shooting Stars, she will excel here at Illinois where the game is played with a high level of intensity and speed of play and mental transitions are important. Her ability to score along with her great feet and a drive to be great, make her a huge asset to our program."