RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada women’s basketball team signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to study and play basketball for the University of Nevada next fall, head coach Kim Gervasoni announced Wednesday.
“We are extremely pleased to sign three quality people in the 2008 class. Amanda, Brittany and Kayla are tremendous additions to our program,” fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni said. “I appreciate all of the hard work my coaching staff puts into recruiting. All of us have developed a terrific relationship to each of these recruits, their coaches and their families. We feel 100% confident that this class will continue to elevate our program to a championship level.”
Nevada received signed National Letters of Intent from Amanda Johnson, a 5-6 guard from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., Brittany Woodard, a four-year varsity team member from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif., and Kayla Williams, a four-year varsity starter from Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.
Amanda Johnson is a four-year varsity player and has been the starting point guard at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., since her freshman season. She led her high school team in scoring her sophomore and junior seasons and was named All-Avocado League MVP in 2005. As a junior in 2006-07, Johnson averaged 15.1 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game.
She led the Avocado League in assists as a freshman, sophomore and junior, was second in field goals made and is a three-time 1st Team All-Avocado League honoree. Through her first three high school seasons, she has recorded 948 career points, 415 career assists, 138 career steals and made 91 career three pointers.
Johnson has been named to several All-Star teams throughout her prep career, including the 2007 Adidas Cream of the Crop All-Star Team, the 2006 Adidas Rising Star All-Star Team and the 2005 Nike Blue Chip All-Star Team.
She is also a successful prep track and cross country athlete, breaking the El Camino High School record in the 4x400 meter relay. She was also named to the 1st Team All-Avocado League in cross country as a freshman. She is the first basketball player from El Camino High School to earn a scholarship to a Division I school in four years.
Kim Gervasoni, University of Nevada head coach on Johnson:
“Signing a point guard in this class was a priority for our staff. Out of all the quality point guards in the 2008 class, Amanda was our top choice. She can defend in the open court, has excellent court vision, can create shots for her teammates and can score the basketball. Amanda is a student of the game and a competitor. I am thrilled that Amanda chose Nevada to further her education and basketball career. She is a quality person, has a wonderful sense of humor and is an incredible addition to our Wolf Pack family.”
James Greer, El Camino High School’s varsity basketball coach on Johnson:
“She’ll fit in well at Nevada. She is a quiet leader but is a fierce competitor. She hates losing so she’ll work very hard to put her teammates and herself in every position to win. Above everything, she is a wonderful young lady and I am very proud of her.”
Brittany Woodard is a four-year varsity player from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif. She is a three-time Sierra Valley Conference All-League selection and is a two-time Sierra Valley Conference MVP.
As a junior she averaged 18.4 points per game, 4.0 assists per game, 2.7 steals per game and 2.6 blocks per game. As a junior, Woodard led the Sierra Valley Conference in blocked shots (66 in 25 games) and rebounds (245 in 25 games), was second in assists (101 in 25 games) and was third in both steals (68 in 25 games) and scoring (459 in 25 games).
Woodard, who is also a two-time All-Metro team selection as a sophomore and junior, recorded 30 points, nine rebounds, eight steals, four assists and four blocked shots in her best single game as a junior.
She has played for the Just Believe Traveling Sports team for the past two seasons under head coach Sean Chambers and was named to the Oregon Trails All-Tournament team in 2007. She was also named MVP of the Sacramento Super Fall 60, a league made up of the top-60 players in Sacramento, in both 2006 and 2007.
Kim Gervasoni, University of Nevada head coach on Woodard:
“Brittany is a perfect fit for our Wolf Pack family on and off the court. We have been recruiting Brittany for quite some time. She has taken numerous unofficial visits to the Nevada campus and spent a lot of time with the coaches and the team. I feel so good about having Brittany in this program. Brittany can do it all on the basketball court. She is long and athletic. The best part of her game is that she can rebound and defend multiple positions. On the offensive side, she can play both inside and outside. Brittany has a wonderful attitude and is just simply a pleasure to be around.”
Ron Gully, Christian Brothers High School varsity basketball coach on Woodard:
“I believe her work ethic and positive attitude got her to the level she is at now. Nevada should be very proud to have such an excellent basketball player, but an even better person, joining their program.”
Sean Chambers, head coach Just Believe Traveling Sports on Woodard:
“She is the heart and soul of our whole program and she is why I started the Just Believe Traveling Sports Team. Brittany can do everything she can play any position 1-5, she can get to the basket and she is a phenomenal athlete with a tremendous work ethic. She has only scratched the surface of what she can do in college. She is an amazing athlete and is a great kid. She is going to fit in great and be a great teammate and I know her mother is tremendously proud of her.”
Kayla Williams is the third member of the Pack’s incoming class for next fall. She is a four-year varsity starter at Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. and plays club for Jam On It Basketball Academy. She is a three-time All-League Honoree, a second-team selection as a freshman and a first-team selection as a sophomore and junior.
She was named High Desert League Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and has led the team in rebounding for three consecutive seasons. The Reed Raiders were Zone Runner- up her freshman season, while she led her team to a second place finish at the State Tournament as a sophomore and a Zone Championship as a junior.
She has also garnered All-State team honors, being named to the second team as a sophomore and first team as a junior. As a junior, she averaged 16 points per game, 12 rebounds per game and three blocks per game, for Reed High School.
She has played basketball for Jam On It Academy since the fifth grade. With Jam On It Academy, she has been a four-year member of the AAU Regional Championship team, the AAU National Team and was a finalist for the Youth Cadet Basketball Team. She averaged 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game with Jam On It Academy.
Kim Gervasoni, University of Nevada head coach on Williams:
“Kayla is by far one of the most skilled forwards in the 2008 recruiting class. She has amazing hands and is incredibly strong down on the block. Kayla has also elevated her perimeter game and ball handling skills this past year. I have known Kayla since she was in middle school and have watched her mature on and off the court. Our coaching staff has a terrific relationship with Kayla and her parents. Kayla’s father, Matt, played at the University of Nevada and she wanted to carry on that tradition. She wanted to stay home and play for Nevada. This means a lot to our program and hopefully will mean a lot to the Reno community. We couldn’t be more pleased with Kayla Williams joining the Nevada family.”
Sara Schopper, Reed High School varsity coach on Williams:
“She is a leader - her work ethic is great and she is really excited to play for Nevada. It’s going to be fun for her to be able to play in front of her friends and family. She loves the game and really dominates on the boards. I’m excited to see her play at Nevada and I wish her the best of luck.”
Matt Williams, Jam On It Basketball Academy coach on Williams:
“Kayla is going to bring a toughness and a scoring threat to the team. She can put the ball in the hole. She is a model Nevada player and wants to play at Nevada. She was recruited by a lot of other schools but Nevada did a nice job of recruiting her. She is versatile with her scoring and I can see her being an immediate offensive threat. She is a very unselfish player and has put a lot of time into making herself a Division I player. She has made a lot of sacrifices to be the player she is. Being a former Nevada athlete, I know how this town can treat you if you do something good.”