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Carey adds five new players

November 9, 2011 - Jim Butta
Carey Signs Five to 2012-13 Roster

West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced today the signing of five players to the 2012-13 Mountaineer roster.

Bria Holmes (Hamden, Conn./James Hillhouse), Lanay Montgomery (Germantown, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Darius Faulk (New York, N.Y./Nazareth Regional), Jennie Simms (Accokeek, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Makenzie White (Danville, W.Va./Scott) make up West Virginia’s 2012 signing class.

“This is a great class that we are bringing in. It is probably, as a collective group, the best class we have ever brought in during my time here,” Carey says. “We are very excited for the future of West Virginia women’s basketball because it is very bright. All these players are great people, who come from great families and we are really proud to have them here at West Virginia University.”

Holmes, a 6-foot-1 guard, out of James Hillhouse High, holds the highest ranking in the recruiting class as ESPNU HoopGurlz has her at No. 28. According to The JumpOffPlus report, Holmes is the 16th-best player in the country and second-best small forward. She was also ranked No. 23 by Dan Olson’s Collegiate Basketball Report and No. 24 by Blue Star rankings.

Now entering her senior season, Holmes has helped James Hillhouse to a 72-9 record over the last three years and three straight state championships, while compiling 1,459 points, 486 rebounds, 324 assists, 405 steals and 162 blocks.

Montgomery joins the Mountaineers from Academy of the Holy Cross, coached by Ed Simpson, the same high school current WVU freshman Akilah Bethel hails from. A 6-foot-5 center, Montgomery is a three-star prospect that was named to the WCAC All-Conference first team her junior season.

Blue Star rankings has Montgomery as the 59th-best player in the nation, while The JumpOffPlus has her listed at No. 60. In addition to her first team all-conference honor, Montgomery was also named second team all-Metro, MVP of the holiday tournament and most improved player at Academy of the Holy Cross. She averaged 14.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game, totaling 463 points, 278 rebounds and 88 blocks her junior season.

Faulk, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Nazareth Regional is ranked No. 60 in the class of 2012 and the No. 24 point guard by ESPNUHoopGurlz. She helped lead Nazareth Regional to its first New York State Federation Class AA Championship in 2011 and was also a freshman on the St. Michael’s Academy team that won the Federation title in 2009.

In addition to Nazareth Regional, Faulk plays for head coach Apache Paschall with AAU team Exodus NYC.

At the close of the 2010-11 season, Faulk was a first team and all-state selection by the New York Sportswriters and Coaches Organization, averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game.

Simms, a 6-foot forward out of Riverdale Baptist High, is ranked No. 87 overall and No. 20 in her position by ESPNUHoopGurlz. Her highest national ranking is No. 51 by both The JumpOffPlus and Blue Star, while All-Star Girl’s Report listed her as No. 62.

Simms joins former Boo Williams teammates and current Mountaineer players Linda Stepney and Crystal Leary.

White, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Scott High, is no stranger to the Mountaineer program as the Danville, W.Va., native was raised around WVU camps and games. As a junior, White helped the Skyhawks to the semifinals of the Class AA state tournament in 2011, tying a state record with 37 points in the 63-61 opening-round victory over Pikeview. White is ranked No. 67 in Blue Star’s national rankings.

“Makenzie White is a player from the state that we are excited to have here at West Virginia University,” Carey says. “She is an extremely hard worker, can score the basketball and is a very physical player. She will fit in great in our program.”

“Makenzie is the most competitive and hardest-playing athlete we've had in our program,” Scott head coach John Porter says. “Her ball handling skills, court vision, and physical strength make her a tough guard for opponents. Her defensive intensity and aggressiveness are unmatched. Her leadership abilities on a freshman and sophomore dominated squad are vital to our success. She is an ideal role model for our younger players. I feel with her skills and dedication she will be successful at the next level.”

White is a three-time Boone County Player of the Year, a three-time AA All-State selection, twice named to the first team, and a two-time Class AA State Runner-Up with each time named to the all-tournament team. She broke the all-time scoring record for both boys and girls basketball at Scott High as she has amassed 1,567 points, 676 rebounds 449 assists, 255 steals and 104 blocks in her three-year career. In her junior season, White averaged 21.7 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game and 6.1 assists per game. In addition to Scott, White also played for Tom Jenkins with OH Sports City U.

“We are very excited to mesh this group of talented players in with the players that we have returning for the next two and three years,” Carey says. “They have been highly ranked on the national recruiting scale and rightfully so. I can see all of them contributing immediately to our program. We were able to go out and attract some of the most talented players in the country.”


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