Nov. 15, 2001
BERKELEY - California head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced today the signing of one of the top junior college post players in the country and two outstanding prep athletes. Timea Ivanyi, Renee Wright and Sarah Pool have all signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Cal beginning with the 2002-03 season.
"We're pleased with this class in terms of their overall level of play and the immediate impact they're all expected to have," said Horstmeyer. "We set a solid foundation with last year's recruiting class and have continued to build on our future with this year's class."
Ivanyi, a 6-4 center from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. (near St. Louis), chose Cal over Duke, Florida State, Southwest Missouri State and Syracuse. As a freshman at Jefferson, Ivanyi helped lead her team to sixth in the country at the junior college nationals with a 33-3 record. A native of Szeged, Hungary (near Budapest), Ivanyi averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game as a freshman and earned all-conference and all-region honors. The 23-year old comes to Cal with two years of eligibility.
"Timea is one of the top five junior college posts in the nation," said Horstmeyer. "She brings size, competitiveness and the best hands of any post I've ever had. She's also an outstanding scorer, rebounder and defender."
A 5-10 forward from Center High School in Antelope (near Sacramento), Wright is listed as one of the top 40 wings in the nation by Mike White's Scouting Report. Wright holds her school's season and career records for points (634 season, 1549 career) and rebounds (404 season, 1022 career). As a junior, she led Center to the section championship, averaging 20 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. For her efforts, she was named all-state for Division III, league MVP and first team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.
Wright, who was nominated to compete in this year's first girls' McDonalds All-America Game, is recovering from an ACL tear and is expected to rejoin her team by the end of December. She also considered attending Colorado State.
"Renee will be one of the best rebounding small forwards I've ever had," said Horstmeyer. "She's relentless and has a great ability to put the ball in the basket. She has a well-rounded game, never lets up and is extremely tough."
Pool, a 5-8 point guard, has helped lead Crater High School in Central Point, Ore. (near Medford) to a combined 49-6 record and the state championship game the last two seasons. She is listed as a Street and Smith's preseason All-American. As a junior, Pool averaged 15 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds per game, earning first team all-conference, honorable mention all-state and second team all-tournament at the state championship. Last season, she also was named to the all-tournament team of the West Coast Jamboree after leading her team to the title against Berkeley High School. She also is her school's all-time assists leader with 300. Pool chose Cal over Oregon and Oregon State.
"Sarah sees the floor as well as any point guard and will be a great complement to Kristin Iwanaga," said Horstmeyer. "She's a talented passer, competitive and can shoot the three."