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W. Basketball – Conrad finalizes roster with the addition of two signees

07/11/13

W. Basketball – Conrad finalizes roster with the addition of two signees

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad announced that his 2013-14 roster has been finalized with the signings of two additional players. Kelsey Barrett, a 5-0 guard of Raytown High School (Mo.) and Kayonna Lee, a 6-0 forward of Eau Claire North High School (Wis.) signed national letters of intent to play at JCCC and will join six other signees and seven returning sophomores. 

Both players originally committed to NCAA Division I programs in Illinois. Barrett signed with Eastern Illinois University, and Lee inked with Illinois State University. They join a JCCC program that has posted four consecutive 30-win seasons and captured two straight East Jayhawk Conference titles. Last year’s team finished 30-2 overall and was ranked No. 1 in the final NJCAA D-II Coaches Poll. 

“Kelsey is a highly skilled wing with good athleticism,” Conrad said. “She plays the game the right way and really gets after it. She has a chance to be very good here. Kayonna is an explosive athlete and has some nice versatility offensively. Her ability to guard multiple positions and her length will be huge assets for us.” 

Barrett was a four-year starter for coach Jan Handley at Raytown. She averaged double figures all four years, and finished with over 1,000 career points. She was a four-time all-conference selection, earning first-team honors three times, and a three-time first-team All-District pick. Barrett was also selected to the Kansas City Star’s All-Metro honorable mention team as a senior, was a Missouri nominee for the McDonald’s All-America Games and a MO-KAN All-Star. During the summer, Barrett played for the Missouri Blazers AAU team, and helped her team to a fourth place in the AAU Division I 13U at the 2009 National Championships. 

Lee was a four-year varsity player and was a two-time Big Rivers Conference selection, including Player of the Year honors her senior season. She also earned Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association D-I Miss Basketball honorable mention honors and was named to the Wisconsin Associated Press All-State honorable mention team in 2013. Her sophomore year, Lee helped her team reach the state tournament in the largest division in Wisconsin.

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