May 20, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Angelei Aguirre and Kendra Calvin have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at California beginning with the 2008-09 season, Golden Bears head coach Joanne Boyle announced on Tuesday.
"We're excited that Angelei and Kendra have decided to attend Cal," Boyle said. "We're coming off our best season in school history and will look for both athletes to contribute to even greater success next season."
Aguirre, a 5-11 wing from White Plains, N.Y., averaged 20.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 4.1 apg during the 2007-08 regular season at White Plains High School. She led her school to its fourth straight Section 1-AA title and was named The Journal News' Westchester/Putnam Player of the Year as a senior.
After scoring 33 points in the Section 1-AA title game, Aguirre was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Girls Section 1-AA Tournament. She is the fifth member of the 2005 and 2006 state finalists to commit to a Division I program.
The daughter of former NBA player Mark Aguirre garnered four all-state, all-league and all-section honors in high school and won the 2007-08 Con Edison White Plains High School Most Talented Female Athlete of the Year award.
"Angelei is a dynamic, athletic guard who excels at penetrating to the basket," Boyle said. "She has good length and will help us on the defensive end of the floor. Her athleticism and up-tempo style of play will add to the depth we need at the wing position."
Calvin, a 6-1 power forward, comes to Cal after playing in 2006-07 at California Baptist (NAIA school) and the 2007-08 campaign at Mount San Antonio College. She helped Mount San Antonio College secure its third straight California State Community College Championship with a 37-1 overall record and an 8-0 division mark.
Calvin, who hails from San Bernardino, Calif., played two seasons of prep basketball at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., and one at Perris High School in Perris, Calif. She led Canyon Springs to the 2005 CIF-Southern Section title and a trip to the state tournament final.
"With Rama N'diaye out with an ACL injury for the beginning of next season, we knew we needed to add a post player who can give All-Americans Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker a break," Boyle said. "Kendra is a talented low-post presence who is a great rebounder and post defender. She possesses excellent footwork and range out to 15 feet."
Cal finished the 2007-08 season with a 27-7 record, breaking the 1983-84 Bears' (24-8) school record for wins in a season. The Bears also earned their third straight NCAA Tournament selection.