BRISTOL, Tenn. – Women's Basketball head coach, Josh Thompson, has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season. The group consisting of Laiken Morrow (Mosheim, TN), Amy Van Deventer (Cary, N.C.), Sydney Harris (Crab Orchard, Ky.), and Emily Edwards (Unicoi, TN) brings a combination of depth and immediate impact players at both the guard and post positions. All four will join the Lady Tornado in 2012-13.
6-0 | Forward
Mosheim, TN | North Greene H.S.
As a junior last season, Morrow was named Team MVP at North Greene High School while leading the team with 11.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. As an all-around player, Morrow also registered 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assist per contest for the Huskies while shooting a lights-out 48 percent from field goal range and 75 percent from the free throw line. Morrow reeled in the accolades in 2011-12 after being named to the All-County, All-Conference, All-District Tournament, and All-Regional Tournament teams.
Morrow is currently completing her senior season under James Buchanan at NGHS. She played for Don Brown of the Knoxville Panthers during the AAU season.
Coach Thompson on Morrow: "Laiken will add size and shooting ability to our front court. She is a strong aggressive player with great work ethic and rebounding ability. She is one of the top players in the area and we are very excited to sign Laiken to a National Letter of Intent."
|Amy Van Deventer|
AMY VAN DEVENTER
6-2 | F/C
Cary, N.C. | Cary Christian School
During the 2011-12 season, Van Deventer averaged 14.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest to help the Knights to a conference championship as a junior. She amassed 30 blocks and 56 steals on the defensive side of the ball that year en route to being named to the 2012 All-Conference and All-Tournament teams. In 29 games, Van Deventer tallied 22 double-digit scoring games and 11 double-doubles. In the final 13 games of her junior campaign, she nearly averaged a double-double per game, with 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.
As a freshman in 2010-11, Van Deventer put up 8.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg to help the Knights to a North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (2A) State Championship. She missed her sophomore season (2010-11) due to injury. That season, the team also was crowned conference champions and she was named to the All-Tournament Team.
As a two-sport athlete, Van Deventer also played volleyball for the Knights where she was an All-Conference and All-Tournament selection in 2010. She has also been a part of two conference titles with the volleyball team at CCS. Van Deventer is currently finishing her senior season under Shelly Holmes at CCS and played. She played AAU basketball for Greg Bunn of the Wake Forest Wizards.
Coach Thompson on Van Deventer: "We are very excited about signing Amy Van Deventer to a National Letter of Intent to play at King. She will give us depth and size at the center position. She is a hard worker with great rebounding and shot blocking ability. She will also give us another scoring presence on the low block."
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6-0 | Forward
Crab Orchard, Ky. | Lincoln County H.S.
Sydney Harris was a part of a Lincoln County Patriot team that last season advanced to the semi-final round of the KHSAA Girls Basketball Championship behind a 25-11 overall record. Harris averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds that season for the Patriots while being named to the 2012 Girls State Basketball All-Tournament Team. That year, she was also awarded the KHSAA State Championship Best and Brightest Award.
Harris is a member of the the Lincoln County High School 1,000 Point Club and has made the All-District and Coaches' All-Region teams two years in a row. Last year, she was selected for a tryout for the Kentucky Junior all-star team.
Harris played under Cassandra McWhorter at LCHS and was a member of the KY Premier AAU basketball team under Nick Cann and Chelsea Chowning.
Coach Thompson on Harris: "Sydney is a versatile forward that can shoot the ball well from the perimeter and also put the ball on the floor. We are very excited about signing her to a National Letter of Intent. Her work ethic, rebounding, and ability to block shots will help solidify our frontcourt."
5-8 | Guard
Unicoi, TN | Unicoi County H.S.
Edwards began experiencing success immediately after entering Unicoi County High School, where she started for the Blue Devils as a freshman. Most recently, Edwards was an integral part of last year's 24-7 team that earned a spot in the Region 1-AA Tournament. That season, she was named the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year where she led her team in scoring (18ppg), assists (3.0apg), was second in rebounding (5.0 rpg), and added two steals per contest. She led her team to the 1-AA Championship and was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, along with receiving All-Northeast Tennessee First Team and All-Three Rivers Conference honors. Last year she also hit the 1,000-point plateau in her career, as a junior.
She is a three-time All-Three Rivers All-Conference, All-Northeast Tennessee, and all All-District Tournament teamer. She was the only freshman to be named to the All-District team in 2009-10 and was also an All-Northeast Tennessee honoree that year after leading the Blue Devils in points, steals, and free throw shooting. She has also been named Team MVP in all three years she has been a member of the UCHS girls' team.
Edwards will finish her senior season at UCHS under reigning Three Rivers Conference Coach of the Year, Josh Epperson.
Coach Thompson on Edwards: "Emily is one of the top players in the area and we are very excited to sign her to a National Letter of Intent. She is a tough guard that can play both guard positions. Her work ethic, ability to score the basketball, and create for her teammates will be a great asset to our team."
King is currently 4-2 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas action. They have won their last two contests including a thrilling 85-82 overtime victory versus Queens (N.C.) and a 24-point victory over Salem International (71-47). The Lady Tornado are led by senior Brooke Johnson's 10.8 ppg as she closes in on the 1,000 point mark in her career. King will play Salem International in Salem, W.Va. on Dec. 18 before breaking for the holidays.