April 8, 1999
BERKELEY - Nicole Ybarra, a 5-8 point guard from Sacramento City College, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cal beginning with the 1999-2000 season, head coach Marianne Stanley announced today.
"Nicole is an outstanding point guard, who also is a versatile scorer," said Stanley. "She brings poise and confidence to our point guard position. We're excited to have her join the Cal program."
Ybarra was named the 1999 Player of the Year for the Valley Division of the Bay Valley Conference after averaging 13 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds per game during her sophomore season. Ybarra played in the state All-Star Game in March and led Sacramento to the state playoffs for the second-consecutive season. The Elk Grove, Calif., native also earned second team All-State honors and was selected to the all-conference team for the second-straight year.
A 1997 graduate of Laguna Creek High School, Ybarra garnered Freshman of the Year recognition and twice ranked among the Top 10 in scoring in the Delta Conference.
Ybarra joins fall signees Genevieve Swedor and Amber White as newcomers to the Golden Bears during the 1999-2000 season. White, a 6-0 guard/forward from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif., led Narbonne to the CIF Division I state title (later overturned) as a junior in 1997-98, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals per game. Swedor, a 6-3 center from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., led her team as a junior college freshman in 1997-98 to an 18-12 record and to the first round of the Region 5 playoffs. That same year, she earned honorable mention all-conference honors, averaging 11 points, nine boards, three steals and two blocks per game.