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W. Basketball – Conrad inks six recruits
W. Basketball – Conrad inks six recruits
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad announced that six high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to play basketball and continue their education at JCCC. The six future freshmen are: 5-7 guard Lexus Bradley (North Kansas City H.S., Kansas City, Mo.); 5-11 forward Aleyah Chivers (Hogan Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Mo.) 5-9 forward Morgan Osborne (St. John-Hudson H.S., St. John, Kan.); 6-0 forward Allison Wallisch (Atchison County H.S., Effingham, Kan.); 5-9 forward Nieka Wheeler (Independence Chrisman H.S., Independence, Mo.) and 5-7 point guard Emily Work (Ell Saline H.S., Brookville, Kan.).
The six will be teamed with returning sophomores Jamy and Sandra Douvier (Sunrise Christian Academy, Sedgwick, Kan); Camille Gee (Andover Central H.S., Andover, Kan.); Kariel Hutt (Blue Springs South H.S., Blue Springs, Mo.); Sameia Kendall (Raytown H.S., Kansas City, Mo.); Taylor McDowell (Shawnee Mission South H.S., Overland Park, Kan.); Timeka O’Neal (Raytown H.S., Kansas City, Mo.); Juanita Robinson (Zion Benton H.S., Chicago, Ill.); and Samantha Short (Hesston H.S., Hesston, Kan.).
“I always say recruiting classes shouldn’t be evaluated until they get it done playing,” Conrad said. “That being said, I do like this group a lot. We got a great mix of size, athleticism and skill in this group. We’ve got a true point guard in Emily Work, and a couple of very athletic wing players in Wheeler and Osborne. A combo guard that really can shoot it in Bradley. Chivers gives us tremendous athleticism and versatility, and Wallisch is a good-sized kid that really has a great nose for the ball and great hands. Overall, it’s one of the more athletic classes we’ve brought in top to bottom.”
“The best part about this group collectively is they all know how to work,” Conrad continued. “They all have great motors, play hard and will work hard in the classroom too. We’re excited to have them on board.”
Conrad’s new class joins a Lady Cavaliers program that posted its fourth consecutive 30-win season, and captured its second straight East Jayhawk Conference title. The 2012-13 Lady Cavaliers finished 30-2 overall, were ranked No. 1 in the final NJCAA D-II Coaches’ Poll, and was the top defensive team in the country for a third straight year.
Bradley was a three-year starter for coach Jeff Lacey at North Kansas City. Considered one of the most talented combo guards in the Kansas City Metro, Bradley earned first-team All-District 16 and All-Suburban Mid 6 Conference honors last season while leading the Hornets to a Missouri Class 5, District 16 championship. It was the program’s first district championship since 2001. Trailing at the start of the fourth quarter, Bradley scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the final eight minutes of a 53-43 comeback win. For the season she averaged 14 points per game, and hit 47 three-point baskets.
Chivers averaged a double-double of 14.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game for coach Jeffrey Burgette at Hogan Prep her senior year. She also averaged 3.8 steals and 3.5 assists and was selected as a first-team All-District performer.
Osborne earned a suitcase full of honors following her senior season. She made the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 1A All-State second-team, the Wichita Eagle's 1A All-State honorable mention, the Topeka Daily Capital's 1A All-State honorable mention, the Hutchinson News All-Area honorable mention, the Central Prairie League first-team, the Pratt Community College's All-Star game and the Hutchinson Community College's All-Star game. A three-year starter for coach Danny Smith at St. John-Hudson, Osborne averaged 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 steals per game, and dished out 85 assists with only 35 turnovers her senior season. She was an All-State volleyball player as well.
Wallisch was a three-year starter for her father and coach Cy Wallisch at Atchison County. She averaged 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior, and was selected All-State second-team by Varsity Kansas, the Topeka Capital Journal and the Wichita Eagle. Wallisch was also a two-time All-Delaware Valley League performer and Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 3A All-State honorable mention selection.
Wheeler has been touted as one of the most athletic basketball players in the Metro and Missouri. A three-year starter for coach Lindsay Thompson at Chrisman, Wheeler averaged 18.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals her senior season, and finished her career with 1,264 points and 878 rebounds. She was named second-team All-Sate by a statewide panel of Missouri sportswriters and broadcasters, and earned first-team All-Suburban Middle Seven Conference and All-District honors as well. She was also was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and selected to play in the All-Star Challenge presented by the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association. As a sophomore, Wheeler averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading William Chrisman to a conference title. She was named first -team all-conference, All-District and 2nd Team All-Examiner.
Work was a four-year starter for coach Curtis Pickering at Ell-Saline. She averaged double figures scoring all four seasons. Her first season, Work averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds and was selected honorable mention All-County. She earned second-team All-Heart of America Conference her sophomore year after averaging 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. As a junior, Work led Ell-Saline in scoring in 17 of their 21 games, helping the Cardinals to 16 wins in the regular season, the most since 1996. She averaged 14.8 points and was selected first-team Heart of America Conference, second-team 2A All-State by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association and second-team All-State by the Wichita Eagle. Her final year, Work was averaging 16. 3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists before suffering a season-ending injury. She still garnered honorable mention All-County and second-team All-State by the Topeka Capital Journal. Work closed out her career with 964 points and 356 rebounds. She was also an All-State performer in volleyball and softball.