(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced on Thursday the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period from Nov. 14-21.
The four new additions to the K-State roster in the 2013-14 season are: forwards Breanna Lewis, Jessica Sheble and Erica Young and guard Kindred Wesemann. Lewis, Sheble and Young all check in at 6-3 or taller with Lewis at 6-5, and Sheble and Young at 6-3. Lewis will be tied for the second-tallest player in K-State women’s basketball history and the tallest on the roster since Nicole Ohlde (2001-04). Sheble and Young are the seventh and eighth players in the program’s history to check in at a height of 6-3.
“I am excited about the potential positive impact that this class will bring to our program,” stated Patterson of her incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 season. “We have added size with Bre and Jessica, an aggressive and athletic small forward with Erica and a quality scorer and distributor with Kindred. As they transition into our program each of these young women bring a strong foundation of skills that will strengthen our team immediately.”
Lewis, a product of Milwaukee’s Riverside High School, averaged 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 2.6 steals in her junior season. Lewis notched season-highs of 33 points and 24 rebounds against Milwaukee School of Languages during a Feb. 3, 2012 contest. Lewis will be the first Wildcat women’s basketball player from the state of Wisconsin.
“Bre has tremendous long-term upside and will be the tallest post player in our program since Nicole Ohlde,” said Patterson of Lewis. “She brings a length and athletic presence that will assist us immediately on the defensive end of the floor. I think her offensive potential is tremendous.”
Young joins the Wildcats from Tampa Bay Tech High School, where she averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while leading the Titans to a 23-3 record, the Class 7A, District 8 title and into the Florida High School state regional quarterfinals in her junior season. At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, Young was named to the Class 7A All-State First Team, Tampa Bay Times First Team all-county selection and to the Tampa Tribune First Team. She was also named her team’s MVP.
“Erica will add a high-caliber rebounding, running and defensive presence to our program,” said Patterson of her newest addition from the Sunshine State. “She is a quick jumper who has an exceptional day-to-day work ethic and great speed up and down the floor. Our offensive and defensive transition will be greatly impacted by her speed.”
Sheble stays in-state, as she joins K-State from Olathe North High School. In the 2011-12 season, Sheble carded averages of 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots. She also shot 55 percent from the field. At the conclusion of the season, Sheble garnered All-6A State honorable mention honors, All-Sunflower League First Team honors and was named team MVP. She was also named a Mid-America Nazarene Champion of Characters Award winner this fall.
“Jessica is a player already that has great touch around the rim,” stated Patterson of the in-state product. “She has a versatile offensive game, good ball-handling skills for her size and the potential to ultimately score the ball from the three-point line.”
Wesemann comes to K-State after a stellar prep career for Pleasant Hill High School in Missouri. In the 2011-12 season, Wesemann averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 3.2 rebounds for the Chicks. Against Oak Grove High School on Jan. 19 last season, Wesemann carded a double-double of 13 points and 10 steals.
For her career, Wesemann is averaging 12.9 points per game while shooting 34 percent from three-point range, 4.1 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.9 rebounds. During her sophomore season in 2010-11, Wesemann averaged a career-high 15.6 points per game while dishing out 5.0 assists.
Wesemann is a two-time Class 3 All-State honorable mention honoree from the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association. She has helped Pleasant Hill High reach the state tournament in four straight seasons, including a runner-up finish.
“Kindred is a very crafty and creative passer with great court vision,” said Patterson of her newest backcourt player. “I look for her to be able to stretch defenses with her outside shot and put pressure on the rim every trip up the floor. She is a fierce competitor with quality leadership skills.”