head coach Nancy Winstel.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball coach
Nancy Winstel announced Wednesday that she has signed three prep
standouts for the 2009-10 season. They are:
Benedict, a 6-foot-2 post player from Troy (Ohio) Christian High
School. Benedict averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists
last season. She enters her senior year having scored more than
800 career points.
Hamlet, a 5-7 guard from Glen Este High School. Hamlet averaged
15.3 ppg and 3.1 assists as a junior for the Trojans. She also earned
All-Fort Ancient Valley Conference honors and was named All-Southwest
Kees, a 6-2 post player from Mercy High School in Cincinnati. Kees
was named honorable mention All-Girls’ Greater Cincinnati
League last season. As a junior, Kees averaged a team-leading 1.6
blocks per game and averaged 10 ppg. She also grabbed 6.7 rebounds
per contest as the Bobcats posted a 17-5 record.
very good about this recruiting class with Tara, Jaimie and Katie.
We added much-needed size with Tara and Katie, and Jaimie is an
outstanding guard,” Winstel said. “We were looking for
post players in this class and signed two very good prospects in
Tara and Katie. We lose Cassie Brannen after this season to graduation,
and it was important to bring in size in this class.”
Brannen, a 6-1
senior post player, is NKU’s all-time career leader in blocked
shots (172) entering this season. She has also scored 957 career
points and was named most outstanding player at the regional tournament
last season. That made landing Benedict and Kees a top priority
for the NKU coaching staff.
is a very good offensive player, and she handles the ball for her
team in high school,” Winstel said. “She is a good 3-point
shooter, but she is also a post-oriented player who is going to
is an athletic post player who runs the floor very well. She is
very good defensively and I think her potential is unlimited.
Hamlet is a
versatile guard with an excellent basketball IQ, according to Winstel.
Her ability to play both the point and shooting guard made her a
great fit for NKU.
is the ultimate gym rat and a player who is always thinking on the
court,” Winstel said. “She really pays attention to
detail and is a player a coach loves to have on the team. She is
also a very good scorer who can play the point.”
NKU is the defending
NCAA Division II national champion. The Norse are also ranked No.
1 nationally in the WBCA preseason poll.