May 19, 2010
The California Golden Bears women's basketball team has added another recruit for the incoming class. Israeli National Team member Avigiel Cohen signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bears in 2010-11.
Cohen is a 6'0" guard who averaged 18 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game in the 2009 FIBA European Under-18 Championships, ranking fourth among the tournament's participants in average points per game. She scored 35 points with 11 rebounds in a game against the Netherlands, one of three double-doubles she posted.
Prior to playing on Israel's Under-19 team, she also spent three seasons playing on the Under-16 team, first earning a roster spot at the age of 13.
"I am very excited about Cohen joining the Cal family," said head coach Joanne Boyle. "Avigiel is a versatile guard with great length who can play multiple positions. Her ability to see the floor and distribute as well as score makes her a threat in many ways. She has tremendous work ethic and passion for the game that will compliment our youth this incoming season. Avigiel has seen success at a high level while participating on the national stage with the under 16 and under 19 Israeli teams. Her experience will add another dimension to our team as we continue to build upon our position on the national scene. We are all very excited about her decision to come to Berkeley."
Cohen is the fourth recruit signed for 2010-11 by Cal head coach Joanne Boyle. She will join high school All-American guards Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert and Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High guard Mikayla Lyles as the new faces in Haas Pavilion this coming fall. This recruiting class was a consensus top-10 ranked class among all the major recruiting websites.